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Creating change

The Way2Go program has clearly stated goals. It wants children, families and communities to be able to choose walking, bike riding and public transport to get around their local areas and for school journeys. Way2Go uses an evidence based approach to create change in travel choices. Through a process of engagement and consultation with school communities and local councils we can start to understand what shapes travel choices.

Collection of data and information enables a school to plan for change strategically, and to measure the effects of their actions over time. It’s an ongoing process.  A range of tools are used to gather this evidence, with the Way2Go team providing detailed reports, maps and feedback.

Most survey and information gathering tools are online. Hard copies can be provided if required.

  • Surveys

    Surveys provide ‘snap shot in time’ information about the travel choices, attitudes and preferences of students, teachers and families in your school community. The patterns emerging from survey information can be very powerful in suggesting actions that might be taken to create change, and in knowing how much change has actually happened.

    Online surveys

    Year F - 2

    Year 3 - 6

    Middle School Yr 6 - 9

    Year 7 - 12

    Parents / Carers


  • Discussions

    Focus teachers build on the responses from the teacher travel survey by consulting with school leaders and staff. This assists with identification and prioritisation of actions within the school travel plan. Anecdotal observations of the local road safety issues can assist the Way2Go team and local council with their review of school travel routes.

  • Observations

    Way2Go staff, DIT and local government officers observe school drop off and pick up including the use of crossings and monitors. A report is prepared that includes recommendations for action. Signage locations are identified.

  • Student counts

    Teachers can include student collected data as part of the development of the school travel plan.

    The collection process and analysis can be integrated into the curriculum to deliver the literacy and numeracy learning intentions  and / or linked to Way2Go Bike Ed. Students record the number of bicycles, scooters or skateboards stored at school on a given day or over a week taking note of the day, date and other relevant details such as the weather. This data is collated either by the teacher or as part of a class activity.

  • School context review

    The Way2Go team consults with school leadership, local government, school governing council and focus teachers about school transport conditions. This provides background for observations of student, parent and others' behaviour and assists local council with the determination of priorities for local area improvements. A web based survey often precedes the conversation with the principal.

  • GIS maps of student travel patterns

    The Way2Go team provides GIS maps, developed by DIT, using student residential locations.
    The maps provide:

    • a visual representation of student school travel routes
    • the proportion (% within distance radii) of children who have realistic opportunities for active travel to school
    • an overlay of cycling and walking times based on the available pedestrian and cycling network.
  • Whole School Snapshot

    The whole school snapshot tool is used to create a snapshot of opinions and helps frame priorities and areas for action in the School Travel Plan. It is a broad brush tool and does not require the collection of specific data and information. The snapshot domains are;

    • Curriculum
    • Ethos and environment
    • Parents and community.
  • Research

    Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents‘ decision making?

    The research Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? presents key findings and recommendations aimed at providing an evidence-based understanding of what influences parents’ decision making around primary school children’s active travel choices for the school commute.

    The research has been undertaken by Dr Jan Garrard, Research, Evaluation and Active Transport Consultant, Deakin University, for the South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT), May 2017.

    Key findings and recommendations for consideration when developing initiatives to increase the number of children and families walking, cycling or scooting to school include:

    • Support for active travel to school is high amongst both children and parents. This includes those parents who regularly drive their children to and from school.
    • Travel time (and parents’ perceptions of the relative travel times for active travel and travel by car) is the key consideration for parents, especially for those who walk or cycle with their child to school.
    • Parent-accompanied and children’s independent active travel to school have different barriers and require different approaches in order for them to occur regularly.
      • For parent-accompanied active travel to school important considerations include travel time; parental commitments and associated trip-chaining; parents’ use of active travel for other (non-school) purposes; enjoyment of the walking or cycling trip to school, and having a pleasant route to school.
      • For children’s independent travel to school, child readiness, traffic safety and personal safety are key considerations, with traffic safety overwhelmingly the main factor.
    • Parents assess traffic safety and personal safety from both an actual and perceived perspective both of which need to be addressed.
    • Parents' personal use of active transport to work and other neighbourhood destinations supports both parent-accompanied and independent active travel to school.
    • School support for active travel, and participation in active travel programs and activities, together with wider community support for active travel assists in increasing active travel to school.
    • Consistent messages from school principals, teachers, local government, police, community leaders, and the media that active travel to school is safe, normal, and widely supported will assist in increasing active travel to school.

    Clickable links to PDF’s below:

    1. Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? – Key findings and recommendations
    2. Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? – Literature review
    3. Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? – Literature review (Summary of key findings)
    4. Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? – Focus group discussion report
    5. Walking, riding or driving to school: what influences parents’ decision making? – Online survey report