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INTEGRATION OF ACTIVE TRANSPORT AND ROAD SAFETY FOR CHILDREN. Road Safety Education Workshop Friday 19 October 2007. Overview. Physical Activity Unit & ‘Go for your life’ Overview Policy Context Active Transport for Children – current landscape Active Transport and Road Safety Challenges.

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  1. INTEGRATION OF ACTIVE TRANSPORT AND ROAD SAFETY FOR CHILDREN Road Safety Education Workshop Friday 19 October 2007

  2. Overview • Physical Activity Unit & ‘Go for your life’ Overview • Policy Context • Active Transport for Children – current landscape • Active Transport and Road Safety • Challenges

  3. Physical Activity UnitSport & Recreation Victoria • ‘Go for your life’ Walk Together Grants • ‘Go for your life’ Physical Activity Grants • ‘Go for your life’ Active Connections Program • Flagship Projects

  4. ‘Go for your life’ Overview • Cross-governmental funding initiatives designed to actively increase physical activity participation, healthy eating & community engagement • Promotion through active public campaign

  5. ‘Go for your life’ Strategy Plan • Longer term vision • Victoria will be a world leader in the development of healthy and active communities. • Medium term goal • To improve the health and wellbeing of Victorian through healthy eating and increased participation in physical activity. • Objectives • Healthy Eating • Physical Activity • Structural changes to support healthy eating and physical activity

  6. Policy Context • ‘Go for your life’ 2006-10 Strategy Plan • Physical activity & obesity • Structural supportive changes (infrastructure, environment) • Commitment to regular physical activity for children • A State of Walking (DPCD) • Walking for transport • Safe and accessible transport system – Connected, Comfortable, Convenient, Convivial, Conspicuous?

  7. Policy Context • Meeting Our Transport Challenges (DOI) • Biggest commitment to bicycle and pedestrian paths in the state’s history • Extending & improving walking options by increasing number of pedestrian signals, refuge islands, fencing etc. • Improving cycling routes in regional Victoria • Arrive Alive! - Vicroads • 5-year road safety strategy • Focus on speed limits/zones • Education resources & pedestrian training for children

  8. Policy Context • Growing Victoria Together (GVT) • Increase in walking/cycling will contribute to GVT goals of community participation, lowering greenhouse emissions, decreasing motorised trips and improving the health and quality of life for all Victorians • Victorian Greenhouse Strategy (DSE) • A need for change in travel behaviour • Reduced dependency on car • Increase in non-motorised modes of transport

  9. What is Active Transport? • “Active transport relates to physical activity undertaken as a means of transport. It includes travel by foot, bicycle and other non-motorised vehicles. Use of public transport is also included in the definition as it often involves some walking or cycling to pick-up and from drop-off points. Active transport does not include walking, cycling or other physical activity that is undertaken for recreation.” • Be Active Australia: A Framework for Health Sector Action for Physical Activity 2005-2010

  10. Active Transport • Active Transport: Walking or cycling to and from a destination • An effective way of building the “30 minutes a day” of physical activity into daily routine • Changing the environment (schools, routes) to make it more conductive for children to walk/ride to school – and changing the behaviours of children, parents & teachers

  11. Active Transport – environmental benefits • If 60 per cent of children were walking or cycling to school annually, Victorian children would have walked 45 million kilometres – that’s 60 trips to the moon and back! • Based on these figures, there would be a reduction of 8,500 Tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Victoria – that’s equivalent to taking almost 2,000 cars off the road for an entire year. Over time the tool will also measure the economic benefits of reductions in traffic congestion and pollution and increased road safety benefits.  • VicHealth

  12. ‘Go for your life’ Ride2School Program • To increase the number of students walking or riding to school • 530 schools have joined (21% of all Victorian schools) • Breaks down barriers to riding and walking to school through BikeEd, quiet neighbourhood routes etc. • Advocacy role • Infrastructure – bike sheds • www.ride2school.com.au

  13. ‘Go for your life’ Ride2School Program • Safety Elements • BikeEd • Quiet Neighbourhood Routes • Linking schools with police • Curriculum materials

  14. VicHealth Walking School Bus • A VicHealth initiative to give communities an effective and easy way to get children walking to school • 60 Victorian local councils have implemented WSB • 6584 children walked to school in May 2007 as a result of the WSB Program • Infrastructure & advocacy

  15. Other Programs • TravelSmart Schools – Department of Infrastructure • Aims to reduce people’s dependency on cars and persuade them to choose sustainable travel alternatives, i.e. public transport, walking and cycling – School Travel Planning • Arrive Alive – Kids on the Move • Victoria’s new traffic safety education resource for primary schools, targeting a minimum level of traffic safety education for Prep-Year 2 students and transitional Years 6-7 students.

  16. Other Programs • Kids Go for your life – Stride & Ride • KGFYL is a statewide initiative to create healthier Victorian children through healthy eating & physical activity. Stride & Ride aims to increase active transport for primary school children – implemented Jan-June 2008

  17. Integration of Programs

  18. A Local Snapshot – Latrobe City Council • 2 Ride2School schools • 4 Walking School Bus schools • 6 schools in Walk to School Challenge • 6 schools in Kids GFYL • 26 schools have BikeEd • 1 TravelSmart school

  19. Integration of Walking and Cycling • DPCD-led initiative to integrate Walking & Cycling agencies and priorities to develop a cooperative approach to Walking & Cycling in Victoria • A key avenue to addressing safety risks – combining walking & cycling strategies enables safety risks to be addressed • Wide range of stakeholders • Facilitator will bebrought in to develop a long-term integrated approach and round table series

  20. Active Transport and Road Safety • International experience indicates that an increase in the levels of cycling does not automatically translate into an increase in crash rates. In fact, in many areas, more people riding bikes has contributed to greater awareness amongst other road users and reduced crash rates” • Queensland Cycle Strategy 2003

  21. Children Bicyclists – some statistics • < 1 death per annum on average • 753 hospital admissions • 2,407 Emergency Department presentations • 6% of all child injuries • Preventing Unintentional injury in Victorian children aged 0-14 years: a call to action • Monash University 2007

  22. Preventive Measures & Recommendations • Safety training courses • Support evidence-based training programs to teach bicycling skills and safe cycling • Provide safe and accessible bike routes • Promote measures to increase the visibility of child cyclists • Consider road safety regulations that set a lower age limit for on-road bicycle riding

  23. Challenges • Parents • Parents allowing their children to walk/ride to school • Deakin Uni survey (Ride2School) – 28% of parents cited safety as a major reason they drove their children to school

  24. Challenges • Focus of Schools • Approach schools with a suite of programs rather than multiple approaches from independent programs = streamlined programs

  25. Challenges • Conflicting Agendas • Large number of agencies involved in Walking & Cycling with individualised agendas • Challenge is to coordinate these agendas and emerge with an integrated approach

  26. Challenges • Infrastructure • Do we have adequate infrastructure to cope with the increase of walkers and cyclists? • The Greenlight Project – redirecting pedestrian priority at signalised crossings

  27. The Way Forward … • Integration of Walking and Cycling • Funding programs • Focus on the benefits of active transport and creating supportive environments • Closer collaboration between agencies

  28. Brent Phillips • Senior Project Officer – Physical Activity • Sport and Recreation Victoria • Department of Planning and Community Development • brent.phillips@dpcd.vic.gov.au

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