26 September 2023

Grants to make school rides easier

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The Department of Transport has said the Connecting Schools Grants program is now open with schools participating in the Your Move program able to apply for one of 49 packages.

In a statement the Department said the packages could install bike and scooter parking, bike repair stations, wayfinding signage and bike tracks, or run bike skills and road safety education workshops.

“The Your Move schools program offers schools practical support to encourage students and their families to walk, ride or scoot for the school commute — increasing physical activity and reducing car trips and parking pressures.

Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti said walking or riding to school with the kids was a win-win for the whole family.

“Kids are encouraged to be active and arrive at school alert and ready to learn, and family members can use this time to chat with their children, while helping to reduce traffic and parking pressures at school sites,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Following the release of The Declining Rate of Walking and Cycling to School in Perth report last year, we’ve increased funding provided to schools through Connecting Schools Grants to a record $225,000 to improve bicycle infrastructure and develop important road safety skills in students,” she said.

She said the program was also supported by the Department of Education which had boosted this year’s grant funding to a record high, giving more schools than ever the opportunity to get involved.

“I strongly encourage schools not already signed up to the Your Move program to do so now to enjoy its many benefits, including funding opportunities like this,” the Minister said.

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