Three local schools have been rewarded for embracing active transport by having inventive directional stickers installed on various routes to school.
The Tracks to School stickers have a native animal theme, featuring cartoon wombats, koalas, kangaroos and possums. They have been plastered on the way to Chatham, Camberwell South and Boroondara Park primary schools.
Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jim Parke said Tracks to School was a fun way to show local school children and parents how convenient it can be to use active transport to get to school.
"The colourful Tracks to School stickers not only direct children to their school, but also local landmarks including parks and libraries," Cr Parke said.
"They even provide travel distance and approximate travel times for walking, cycling, skating and scooting!
“Using active transport to get to and from school is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommended daily dose of 60 minutes exercise. It also keeps cars off the streets around schools, which is great for safety and the environment."
Cr Parke was heartened to see so many local children walking, cycling, skating and scooting, as illustrated by this and another recent initiative, the Walk or Wheel Wednesday challenge. This program saw more than 2,500 children regularly walk to school in Term 2.
"During the recent Walk or Wheel Wednesday challenge, 1,390 students from Chatham, Camberwell South and Boroondara Park primary schools took part," Cr Parke said.
"This goes to show that they are very worthy recipients and will greatly benefit from taking part in the Tracks to School program."
Chatham Primary School won Tracks to School stickers as a prize for Walk to School month in 2015, while they were installed around Boroondara Park and Camberwell South primary schools as part of the Boroondara Active and Safe Schools program.
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