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Healthy Active School Travel

The Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Department of Health (Queensland) worked in partnership with the local councils to deliver the Healthy Active School Travel (HAST) program from 2012 to 2015.

Together with Cairns Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Gold Coast City Council and Ipswich City Council, the program was delivered to 25,000 primary school students in 38 schools to:

  • increase awareness about healthy living
  • promote physical activity through walking and cycling to school.

Each Council worked with their schools to develop School Travel Plans to encourage children to walk, cycle or use public transport more often through activities like:

  • special event days (Walk Safely to School, National Ride to School day and regular event days)
  • walking school buses and bike buses
  • bicycle education
  • bike maintenance
  • library resources and community events.

Summary of HAST Program results

  • Active travel to and from school increased by 11.12% with 55.1% of children participating in HAST activities.
  • Preference for travel by car for the journey to and from school decreased by 6.9%.
  • Average daily (moderate) physical activity in students attending HAST schools increased by 72.8 minutes, however increases in vigorous physical activity levels were inconsistent.
  • National Walk Safely to School Day and Park, Walk and Ride to School activities were the most successful strategies to encourage participation in active transport.
  • National Ride to School day events resulted in a decline in car travel and increased active transport use in both 2013 and 2014.

The HAST program ended in June 2015. Some councils are continuing the project in their local areas.

The Evaluation of HAST initiative summative report is available for download.

Last updated
24 August 2017