Fewer Australian children walk and bike ride to school than ever before.
Over the past 40 years the national rate of active travel to school has declined from 75% to 25%. In Perth, the rate is as low as 20% and one half of children travel to school by car despite living less than one kilometre away.
Prepared in consultation with state government agencies, industry representatives and peak bodies, The declining rate of walking and cycling to school in Perth paper defines the problem of declining rates and includes a summary of the benefits of addressing the problem, its underlying causes, and opportunities and challenges for reversing the decline.
The paper led to the development of the multi-year Active Travel to School Roadmap 2023-2030 enabling collaboration across government and industry to improve rates of children walking and riding to school (see above section).