New year, new pathways to school
Published on 16 January 2019
Term 1 is just around the corner and students in Crib Point are being encouraged to keep an eye out for new, active paths to and from school.
Mornington Peninsula Shire, in partnership with Bicycle Network, implemented the Active Paths initiative with Crib Point Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School (Crib Point) late last year.
Active Paths involves working with students and teachers to map out safe walking/riding/scooting routes to school. Footpath decals have been installed in Crib Point encouraging children and families to get moving on their way to and from school.
The initiative is a key action of the Shire’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 which aims to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the Mornington Peninsula community.
Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the project was a great opportunity for collaboration between the Shire and local schools.
“Active Paths are a fantastic opportunity for students to remain active and get to school safely.
“Promoting active travel also helps to protect and enhance our natural environment by reducing traffic congestion and encouraging people to connect in outdoor spaces.”
Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper encouraged local students to keep an eye out for their nearest active path.
“Look out for the Active Path stickers on your footpath, these will help you find the best way to get to school safely and actively.”
The Active Paths project forms part of the Shire’s commitment to promoting physical activity through active travel to reduce concerning rates of obesity.
Active Paths will be implemented across two new schools on the Peninsula in 2019.
The Shire also supports Ride2School initiatives led by Bicycle Network and participates annually in VicHealth Walk to School Month which involves supporting local primary schools to promote active travel throughout October.
In 2018 the Shire secured a $10,000 VicHealth grant to help support 20 local primary schools take part in Walk to School Month.
The Morn Pen Walk to School prize was awarded to the school with the highest overall improvement in participation from previous years. With 663 of 730 students participating and logging almost 13,000 walks, rides or scoots during October, Mount Martha Primary School took out the top place in 2018.
More than 2,400 students completed over 40,000 walks across the Peninsula covering close to 300 kilometres along the way!
For more information on Active Paths, visit: bicyclenetwork.com.au
PICTURE DETAILS: (L-R) Steph, Zeke, Matilda, Taylor, Kilmeny, Max, Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper, Oliver, Savanah, Dakota, Bella and Laycee walking to school via the new active path in Crib Point.