Getting to and from school
Walking or riding to school is a great way for your child to start their day, as it stimulates the mind and improves overall health and fitness!
We have a few little tips below that we think might help with getting to and from school in the safest way.
There’s lots of ways to get to school.
We’ve mapped out some of the best.
Our Better Moves Around Schools program is run in collaboration with Moonee Valley schools to improve traffic, safety and parking management, and encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport when travelling to and from school.
- Select the search function and start typing in the name of a school.
- When the full name of the school appears click on it and you’ll be taken to where the school is on the map.
- From there you can zoom out and see the Active Paths available.
- Use the headings on the left side of screen to see the different ways to get to school including Park and Walk, Drop off/Pick up zones and Walking School Bus.
- This icon marks a ‘School Crossing Supervisor’ site.
- By clicking on your school you can download a printable map to put up at your school or home.
- By clicking on an active path you can find out more information about the journey.
The Active Paths initiative aims to make it easier for students who want to ride, walk, scoot or skate to school. We work with schools and the bicycle network through to identify paths to school which are direct, safe and fun and based on where students live. Footpath decals will guide students along the way.
If your school has Active Paths, grab some friends and make it fun walking to and from school.
Recognising that some students live too far to walk to and from school, we have identified locations that are within walking distance of the school and encourage those living more than 2km from the school to park and walk from this location.
Maps of these locations have been developed for schools and parents.
The drop off and pick up zones are easily identified by bright pink coloured signage and line markings, and they have improved traffic flow and created a safer environment for children to be dropped off and picked up at school.
We encourage drivers to follow the road rules and be watchful for children when driving near schools.
At these locations you’ll find a car park, or on street parking where you can leave the car.
The Walking School Bus
The Walking School Bus is a fun, healthy and safe way for primary school-aged children to travel to and from school.
The Walking School Bus is not a real vehicle but a group of children who walk to school accompanied by two adult leaders (one 'driver' and one 'conductor'). Picking up and delivering children at 'bus stops' on the way to school.
It aims to increase physical activity amongst children and reduce traffic congestion around schools.
The Walking School Bus is a free program run in collaboration with VicHealth, Moonee Valley City Council, schools, traders and community groups.
Many schools in Moonee Valley have a Walking School Bus, here's a handy list of schools so your kids can walk supervised with their friends.
- Ascot Vale Primary, Ascot Vale
- Essendon Primary, Essendon
- Moonee Ponds Primary, Moonee Ponds
- St John Boscos Primary, Niddrie
- St Marys Primary, Ascot Vale
- St Monicas Primary, Moonee Ponds
- St Peters Primary, East Keilor
- St Therese's Primary, Essendon
- St Vincents Primary, Strathmore
- Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar, Essendon
Join your school's Walking School Bus
If you would like your child to join the Walking School Bus, please complete the forms below and forward to the Walking School Bus Volunteer at your school
If you would like to join the Walking School Bus as a Volunteer.
- Contact Lisa Bagnati, Transport Project Officer 9243 8762 or the Volunteer Coordinator at your school.
- Complete the Volunteer application form (doc, 98KB).
- Complete the Volunteer agreement form (doc, 31KB).
The Walking School Bus follows a specific route on the days selected by your school and volunteers. These routes have been carefully planned by the volunteer coordinator and have been audited by council to ensure the safety of your children.
Safety precautions include a 1:8 adult to children ratio. All volunteers are expected to undergo safety training, hold a valid Working with Children Check and registration.
The Walking School Bus program delivers numerous benefits including:
- improving children's overall health
- improving children's road safety skills
- developing their physical and social skills
- building friendships
- gaining a sense of independence
- decreasing traffic congestion around school
- reducing greenhouse gas pollution
- strengthen community/council relations
Safety on the bus is of high importance with the route thoroughly checked for hazards. Volunteers drivers and conductors complete an induction program that includes road safety, duty of care, child safe policy and emergency procedures. Volunteers must also hold a Working with Children Check and have a Police Check.
School crossing supervisors
We manage the placement of school crossing supervisors at sites throughout our municipality as an important component of our Better Moves Around Schools program.
Crossing supervisors are currently located at 66 sites across Moonee Valley (pdf, 337KB).
Funding of school crossing supervisors is shared between VicRoads and us. Each year we prepare an application for the VicRoads Children's Crossing Supervisor Subsidy program.
Crossings are eligible for subsidy under this VicRoads program if specific warrants are met (pdf, 27KB).
If sites are ineligible for a subsidy under this VicRoads program, we will consider the full funding of a supervisor following our guidelines.
Resources and Programs
We aim to raise awareness of available programs, resources, funding opportunities and contact points to support schools and parents with road safety information.
Provided is a list of resources and programs for the different stages of road safety learning.
Fliers available for schools to add to school newsletters, prep packs and year 7 information packs.
Schools Environment Network
The Schools Environment Network (SEN) is a group that connects local teachers, principals and parents to share resources and strategies for environment programs in schools.
SEN members receive regular newsletters and opportunities to improve sustainability in their curriculum, processes and infrastructure.
SEN is also a great way to get to know the Moonee Valley environment officers and the great resources that we have on offer.
Watch Council’s recent SEN Flick the Switch schools energy-saving webinar here.
Junior primary program and resources
|Road safety education Victoria||Road safety resources for teachers|
|Walking School Bus||Moonee Valley City Council
Expression of interest flyers are available for schools to distribute to parents prior to starting the walking school bus program.
Senior primary program and resources
|Road safety education Victoria||Road safety resources for teachers|
|Bicycle Safety Education Instructor Training programs||DE&T preferred provider
Wilcare Services 9854 2782
|Bike Ed||Vic Roads
9854 2782 We have a flyer which contains information for schools interested in conducting Bike Ed either at their school or at our Essendon Traffic School. Contact our Transport team on 9243 8888 to get copies of the flyers.
Secondary school program and resources
|Journey Planner PTV||Public Transport Victoria|
|Learning to drive||TAC
1800 332 556
|TAC Road Safety||TAC
1800 332 556
|Road to zero - road safety experience at the Melbourne Museum - year 9-10||Museums Victoria
13 11 02
|L2P||Supporting young people aged 16-21 to reach 120 hours of driving practise.
Moonee Valley City Council
|Fit2Drive (Year 11 students)||Moonee Valley City Council
F2D and VATSET 9885 9010Fit2Drive is a program for year 11 students that's about changing attitudes and behaviours - not teaching driving skills.The program focuses on providing opportunities to rehearse behaviours and develop problem solving strategies enabling young people to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, whether as a passenger or a driver.Year 11 students can take part in a half-day workshop, which includes presentations by Victoria police and the MFB/CFA.At the end of the workshop, students prepare personal plan involving strategies and things they would say and do in dangerous situations.We are also reviewing the opportunity to hold a community youth forum with the theme personal safety and getting home safely.I'd like more information on Fit2DriveFor more information visit the Fit2Drive website.I'm in year 11 - how can I get involved?Ask your school if they are running the program, and if they're not, you can ask them to.
How can Council help Moonee Valley secondary schools get involved?
We can help you to run this at your school by paying for some of the course and providing information on how to get involved.
|Good Sport - managing alcohol and sports||Good Sports aims to reduce alcohol and other drug problems, increase the viability of sporting clubs and improve the range and quality of sport options available with the community.|
|keys2drive||Provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor.|