Top marks for safe travel program at South Padbury Primary

South Padbury Primary School parents and students and traffic warden Alan Jacobs. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d445317
South Padbury Primary School parents and students and traffic warden Alan Jacobs. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445317

SOUTH Padbury Primary School was praised this month for being a TravelSmart school.

It was one of three WA schools recognised for being safety conscious and active in the TravelSmart to School awards on November 4.

The winning schools worked with the Transport Department to introduce a range of activities, events and rewards to increase active transport use within their school community.

“These schools are easing the peak hour morning and afternoon traffic problems experienced at many schools by promoting safe and active ways for children to travel,” Transport Minister Dean Nalder said.

South Padbury, which participated in Walk to School Day last month, won the newcomer school of the year award.

Associate principal Verne Jones said before joining the TravelSmart to School program he thought the only solution to the overflowing car park and congested park and ride was more concrete car parking.

“This program has really showed me that children want to walk and cycle to school and with the right encouragement, change is possible,” he said.

“Our enthusiastic TravelSmart team has marked out safe routes to school, introduced park-and-walks at key locations and regularly host Move it Mondays where students are more active on the way to school.”

In WA, 31 schools participated in the TravelSmart to School program, including Padbury Catholic Primary and Beaumaris Primary schools.