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New program getting more kids on the move to school

Published: 17 June 2024

More kids will be walking, scooting and riding their bike to school thanks to the new Kids Active Travel Program which is inspiring healthy lifestyles for young Victorians.

Girls walking to school

The program is backing 4 new projects in Hume, Melton, Geelong and Bendigo that will encourage active travel to and from primary school.

One of the projects, Park It, will be delivered by Outdoors Victoria in partnership with Hume City Council and local schools and encourages families to drop off and pick up their children at local parks close to school where they walk the rest of the way in a group.

The program will also be ramping up in Bendigo, Geelong and Melton to support primary schools in disadvantaged areas with a variety of initiatives such as travel-friendly technology and facilities including bike parking and storage, safety education programs, and signage to promote safe travel routes to school.

The program builds on other Victorian Government initiatives announced in the Victorian Budget 2024/25 aimed at getting young Victorians moving throughout the day.

These include:

The Kids Active Travel Program prioritises projects for primary schools in areas with high levels of social disadvantage and aims to inspire healthy lifestyle habits from a young age.

Results from the program will be captured and used to inform future active travel initiatives at other schools around the state.

For latest information about the program and successful grant recipients visit Kids Active Travel Program.

Page last updated: 17 Jun 2024
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