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

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election