Riding to school

TravelSmart to School, make tracks2school and the National Ride2School Day are 3 programs for schools to encourage their students to cycle to school instead of going by car. Find out about programs promoting cycling in Western Australian schools.

  TravelSmart to School

The TravelSmart to School program works with primary schools to increase the number of children using active transport to get to school and decrease the number of trips made in private motor vehicles.

For more information on the program and to see the participating schools, visit the Department's TravelSmart to school pages.

  Make tracks2school

The make tracks2school program aims to encourage children aged 10-12 years old, and their families, to walk or cycle to school more often.

The program was developed in response to the Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS) 2003, which found that more than 1 in 4 of Western Australian children and young people were overweight or obese, and only 1 in 3 were walking or cycling to school.

The make tracks2school pilot project, which was conducted for the first time from 7 May to 1 June 2007, encouraged children to cycle to school as often as possible over a 4-week period, with the aim of achieving a more sustainable behavioural change. A total of 67 schools, with 276 classes and 6,494 students, took part in this program.

In 2008, the second make tracks2school program was run by the Heart Foundation (WA) from 27 October to 21 November, and included:

  • 54 schools.
  • 180 classes.
  • 4,800 students in Years 5 - 7.

The third make tracks2school challenge was run from 26 October to 20 November 2009.

The make tracks2school program is a collaboration between:

  • Department of Transport.
  • Physical Activity Taskforce.
  • Heart Foundation.

It is proudly supported by the State Department of Health and the Department of Education and Training.

For further program information, please contact Anna Sheppard at the Heart Foundation on (08) 9382 5939.

Pilot program survey results

The evaluation of make tracks2school was coordinated by the Heart Foundation in consultation with the Management Committee and Dr Michael Rosenberg from the Health Population Evaluation Unit (HPEU) at the University of Western Australia.

The evaluation included information garnered from:

  • Pre- and post-program travel data.
  • Classroom calendar.
  • School coordinator feedback surveys.
  • Qualitative telephone surveys.

A comparison of cycling and walking journeys prior to, during and after the make tracks2school program, showed that:

  • The number of cycling and walking journeys increased during the program.
  • Journey numbers were sustained in the week following the program.

The findings indicated that while virtually all children were likely to own a bicycle and helmet, almost 80% did not ride to school.

The students most likely to ride or walk to school were those who lived:

  • Within a 10 minute cycling (2 - 3 km) radius from the school.
  • Within a 10 minute walking (less than 1 km) radius from the school.

  National Ride2School Day

The inaugural National Ride2School Day was held in 2008 and coincided with the annual Bikeweek Cycle to School Day.

Western Australian primary schools are encouraged by the Department to register for this national event. Visit the Bicycle Network website for more information.

External Link Bicycling Western Australia: National Ride2School Day

  Organising bicycle education sessions

A number of private AustCycle Accredited Cycle Coaches can be booked for education and training sessions. AustCycle provides a list and contact details on their website.

Education professionals planning safety lesson plans will find The School Drug Education and Road Aware resources (SEDERA) developed by the Department of Education useful.

Opens in a new window AustCycle: Accredited training
Opens in a new window Department of Education: School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA)


The following resources have been developed by different agencies to assist in cycling education in schools:

  • The Physical Activity Taskforce, in collaboration with the National Heart Foundation (WA) and the Departments of Transport, Sport and Recreation, Education and Health, produced a Year K-7 teacher resource to foster more active transport to and from schools.
  • "Challenges & Choices: Middle childhood resource for road safety education" is a teacher's resource packet produced by School Drug Education and Road Aware. Search the SDERA website to download the resource.
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Opens in a new window Department of Education: School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA)


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