Before you begin your plan
A good school travel plan can help to reduce the following issues with vehicles outside schools:
- traffic congestion
- illegal parking
- dangerous driving and parking.
Your plan can also help to increase health benefits for students, through encouraging them to use active travel.
Some points to consider:
- biking, bike skills and safety tips
- micro-mobility devices – like scooters, e-scooters, e-skateboards, etc
- bike and scooter parking
- walking – including walking school buses and for pre-schoolers, like the Happy Feet Programme
- access points in and out of your school
- crossing points, i.e. Kea crossings outside your school
- carpooling or rostered drop off and pick up days
- school buses
- public transport.
Creating your plan
To help our local schools build safe, sustainable and healthy journeys to school, Council's School Travel Coordinator can work with your school to address your travel issues and assist with creating a tailored travel plan. We also provide high-vis vests free to the public to use when biking and riding a micro-mobility device.
Get in touch with us if you’d like our staff to assist you in developing a school travel plan. It’s a great idea to involve parents in this process and bring them along on the travel planning journey.
You can contact our School Travel Coordinator through our Customer Service team by calling 07 838 6699 during office hours, emailing email@example.com, or use the Antenno App to contact them (available to download free on the App Store or Google Play).
Issues that need addressing now
Visit our report a problem page if you have concerns about safety issues related to students getting to and from your school, or to report damage or repairs that are needed around your school, such as to crossings or electronic display signs for School Zones.
Road safety info and travel planning resources
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has plenty of free road safety and school travel planning resources online, including a safe travel plan booklet. You’ll also find some good information on the Ministry of Education website.
Is school travel planning the same as workplace travel planning?
To some extent, yes, but while they share some common goals, they are targeted at different people. Like school travel planning, the aim of a workplace travel plan is to achieve safety, improved health and sustainability benefits for people through their daily commute.
- However, workplace travel plans (WTPs) are a tool organisations and businesses can use to encourage their staff to choose different transport choices for their commute to work.
- WTPs also link cost savings for the business or organisation with the benefits of travel planning.
Last updated 3 April 2023