Nothing about 2020 has been normal, so as students head back to school, maybe it’s time to try something new on the daily school drop off.
We have all been walking and riding through our neighbourhoods while restrictions have been in place, continue the habit and forget the car, walk or ride to and from school.
Moonee Valley City Council has developed online maps to make the school run simple. The maps can also be used to get active around your neighbourhood if you’re learning from home.
Simply type in the name of your child’s school to reveal some of the different ways to travel there.
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 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.
School crossing supervisors
There are 66 sites across Moonee Valley where school crossing supervisors work to help our younger residents safely across the road. They’re all marked on the map.
Walking School Bus
While the Walking School Bus is temporality suspended while the 1.5 m rule is still active it doesn’t stop you walking along the routes with your family which are marked out on the map. We’ll notify volunteers as soon as we can get the Walking School Buses up and running again.
Park and walk locations
We know some students live too far to walk to and from school so we’ve identified locations where there are usually parking spots so you can walk part of the way.
School drop off and pick up zones
Thunder and lightning? Time poor? We know there are days when you’ll need to take the car. We’ve marked out drop off and pick up zones hat have improved traffic flow and created a safer environment for children to be dropped off and picked up at school.
Encouraging walking, riding or scooting may ease congestion around the schools and at drop off zones, which will help everyone maintain physical distancing and feel safer when walking or cycling in their local area.
By choosing an active form of travel, you can improve your family’s health, help the environment, ease traffic on our roads and reduce numbers on public transport.
Our top tips for active travel
- Familiarise yourself with the new protocols. Your school may have different drop off times and locations for different year levels.
- Set a good example. By continuing to walk or cycle to local places, including school or the shops.
- Part way is OK! Remember if the walk to school is too far, you can park a few blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way.
- Maintain physical distancing. While walking/scooting/riding to school ensure your family travels at least 1.5 metres away from others.
- If you are still learning from home. Stay active at lunchtime or after school
Find out more about getting to school safely here.