Active Paths Program Expands to All Local Primary Schools
Published on 02 May 2023
Council, in partnership with local primary schools and Department of Transport and Planning (formally known as VicRoads), has expanded the Active Paths Program to encourage parents and students to use active modes of transportation to and from school.
With the addition of four new schools – St Monica's Primary Footscray, St John's Catholic School Footscray, Wembley Primary Yarraville, and Footscray Primary Footscray – all primary schools in the City of Maribyrnong now have active paths to follow. The colourful and informative decals placed on footpaths guide students and parents when they walk, ride, scoot or skate to school.
The program also encourages parents who drive to park a bit further away from the school and use the path for all or part of their journey, helping reduce traffic around school zones and promoting a safe and active start to the day.
Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Sarah Carter, is excited about the program's expansion.
"The Active Paths Program is a fantastic way for parents and children to incorporate daily physical activity. It promotes a healthier lifestyle, fosters a sense of community, and reduces traffic congestion around our schools."
As part of Maribyrnong City Council's Road Safety Program, parents and students are reminded to exercise caution when crossing roads and to always use designated pedestrian crossings or traffic lights. It is essential to be aware of surroundings, particularly when using electronic devices or listening to music.
Deputy Mayor Councillor Cuc Lam visited St John's Catholic School to celebrate the installation of their Active Paths decals. Deputy Mayor Lam was joined by twins Jacob and Charlie Grade 5/6, Billie Grade 3 and Nancy Grade 1.
To find the active path nearest you, visit the Maribyrnong City Council website at www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/active-paths-program.
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