A school travel plan is a practical approach to improving road safety and encouraging the whole school community to use active modes of transport to get to and from school.

The benefits of school travel planningchildren cycling on the road

  • Improved safety for students on their journey to and from school
  • Reduced congestion outside the school gate 
  • Cost savings for parents through reductions in fuel
  • Higher awareness and uptake of travel choices and alternative travel modes by the school community
  • Students safety, health and well-being.

Develop a school travel plan

Set up a group

Get a working group together who will help develop a school travel plan.

The working group can include:

  • Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Senior staff member (principal or deputy principal)
  • Parent representatives
  • Christchurch City Council Travel Advisor
  • Community police officer.

Find out how people travel

Find out more about how students and parents travel to school and how they would like to do better.

Parents can tell you about the travel patterns of their children and about what would help them make sustainable travel choices.

It’s worth asking the children themselves what they prefer – kids are often keen on active travel.

Develop a plan

After taking a look at the information, make a plan of action.

Develop a school travel plan that includes aims, timelines and the simple things the school can do to support this.

Roll it out

Put the school travel plan to work.

Let the school community know – it’s a good idea to include updates in regular school communications and to the families of new students. 

Going forward

Make the school travel plan a part of the school board’s annual review process. Make sure the aims are on track and that any necessary changes happen.

We suggest repeating student and/or parent surveys every few years to see how the plan is going.

To find out more or to register your interest:
Phone:  (03) 941 8067
Email: TransportEducation@ccc.govt.nz