Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


School travel plans set to spread regionwide

School travel plans approach set to spread regionwide

An innovative method for reducing peak-time travel demand that is set to be rolled out regionwide as part of a strategy to deal with Auckland's transport problems took a step forward today with the launch of the Browns Bay School travel plan.

Browns Bay School in North Shore City is the third school in the country to develop a travel plan to improve the safety of children and reduce car travel and congestion on roads and at the school gate.

The initiative is part of the city's Travelwise to Schools project that is setting the trend for a range of regional non-pricing mechanisms to reduce peak time travel. These will be launched throughout the Auckland region as part of the jointly agreed strategy and funding plan between central and local government in Auckland to address the region's growing transport problems.

Recent research undertaken by the Auckland Regional Council and Infrastructure Auckland confirm that while most students currently travel to school by car, around 22 per cent of parents are prepared to consider alternatives.

The Browns Bay School Travel Plan has been developed in partnership with the school and its board of trustees, the East Coast Bays Community Board, the North Shore City Council and the local community.

A monitoring committee prepared the plan for the 670-pupil school after months of surveys and consultation with teachers, parents, children and residents. The process included children mapping their own journeys to school and discussing ways to encourage more walking and cycling and to reduce the number of cars travelling to the school.

The plan's actions include: * Improve the safety of the new walking school bus route and crossing at Masterton Road * Address safety issues within the block bounded by Masterton Road, Korotaha Avenue, Miri Road and Beulah Terrace * Investigate opportunities to find ways to safely cross Beach Road and then create new walking school buses * Look at ways to provide a central drop-off and walking school bus stop at the Browns Bay shopping centre * Develop promotional information on TravelWise and school travel policies including material directed at new entrants * Encourage car pooling and use of bicycles

Principal of Browns Bay Primary School, Roger Harnett, says the plan will be monitored on an annual basis and the aim is to reduce the number of children travelling to school by car by 10 per cent each year.

"It's interesting that when we asked the children how they wished to travel to school only 24 per cent put the car down as their first choice - yet 70 per cent are driven to our school by their parents. A lot of children actually want to be able to cycle (30%) and walk to school (21%) so I think we have an opportunity here to make a difference," he says. "The travel plan process is a great way of getting everyone to understand the issues and take responsibility for finding long term solutions."

North Shore City Mayor, George Wood, says the city has shown that school travel plans can help reduce congestion and won funding support from the Road Safety Trust, Infrastructure Auckland and Transfund for the technique.

"We have developed travel plans for Vauxhall and Bayswater schools and there are already noticeable differences with more students walking and cycling. Over 40 per cent of peak time travel in our region is education-related and we want to develop another 20 school travel plans in our city over the next 12 months. We are now employing a new full-time Travelwise to Schools co-ordinator to help make it happen," he says.

Mayor Wood says the Auckland region is looking at a range of non-pricing travel demand management options for reducing growing traffic in the region and school travel plans are in the mix thanks to the leadership of his city.

"We have to look at innovative ways to encourage people to make different choices for their journey to school. We need to involve parents, teachers and pupils in the process of coming up with the solutions and addressing the barriers to changing their travel behaviour," he says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news