The Streets Ahead gang

Encouraging children to be physically active

Walk to school

Primary schools around Cardinia Shire will be invited to take part in Walk to School in October this year.

Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative that encourages students to walk, ride, scoot or skate to school.

Council is working with local schools to coordinate Walk to School activities again this year.

Streets Ahead program

Our Streets Ahead program aims to increase physical activity in children aged 4–12 years, teaching and encouraging them to safely walk, ride, scoot, skate and take public transport around their community.

A child-friendly map (PDF, 2MB) has been developed to assist and support children to actively travel in Pakenham. The map highlights key places to get active and gives some examples of travel times for children to walk from various locations around Pakenham. For a hard copy of the map, contact our Active Children's Officer on 1300 787 624.

Stop and drop zones

Stop and drop zones are all around the shire. They are a designated space, up to a kilometre away from the school's entrance, at which you are encouraged to drop off and pick up your children. Children then walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school. This will assist in increasing their activity levels and easing traffic congestion around schools. You are encouraged to accompany your children if you wish.

It is suggested that students leave the zone by 8.30am to ensure they get to school on time.

Stop and drop interactive map.

Fun ways to get to school

Council were successful in receiving a 2015 National Ride2School Grant. In consultation with students at Beaconsfield and Bunyip primary schools, stickers were designed and installed along the footpaths from their stop & drop zones. These are bright, colourful and fun.

Bike trailer for hire

Streets Ahead aims to increase physical activity in children aged 4–12 years, teaching and encouraging them to safely walk, ride, scoot, skate and take public transport around their community.

We have a bike trailer, complete with bikes, helmets and safety vests for 10 people and road signs available for hire to schools and community groups in the Shire.

To hire out this kit, download the Bike trailer manual (Word, 136KB). Submit your completed form, with all relevant information, to our Active Children's Officer, Cardinia Shire Council, PO Box 7, Pakenham 3810.

Helmets protect your brain

All cyclists in Victoria, and their passengers, are required by law to wear bike helmets when riding in public places such as roads, bike paths, bike lanes, shared and separated footpaths, recreational parks and car parks.

Ensure children wear correctly fitted Australian Standard helmets when riding a bike or wheeled toy.
Research shows bike helmets greatly reduce the risk of head injuries, which are the major cause of death and injury to cyclists.

Download a Helmet Fit Guide from Bicycle Network or visit their website for more information about helmets.

Mobile March

For the sixth year in a row students from across the shire were encouraged to walk, ride, scoot or skate as part of Mobile March.
The most active school in the Shire in 2016 winning the Streets Ahead Cup was Bayles Regional Primary School.
Congratulations to the 14 participating schools! This meant 5,200 students were being encouraged to ACTIVELY make the trek to school - just another way that supports students to be healthy.

Contact us

For more information contact our Active Children's Officer on 1300 787 624.

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