Cycling to school rates on the Sunshine Coast are low and reflect state and national trends of a reduction in the number of students at primary and senior ages choosing an active mode of travel to get to and from school. Sunshine Coast Council is committed to reverse this trend and has partnered with We Ride Australia on the RideScore Active Schools program as part of its broader school travel behaviour change programs to increase active travel to schools across the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Council has undertaken a successful proof of concept with Caloundra State School for which it received a national Cycling Luminaries Award in 2018. Council embraced technology to develop an innovative tool to encourage students to ride to school. It is the first program of its type in Australia to record students bicycle/scooter trips, provide real-time information to parents and reward students as they ride/scoot to and from school.
The aim of the RideScore Active Schools program has been to develop a scalable framework that will support and enable more children and young people to scoot and ride a bike to school. Around a third of morning and afternoon peak traffic congestion is associated with school travel and this is having a detrimental impact on the performance of the local road network as well as the negative health impacts on Australian children who are amongst the least active in the world.