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Colac School Children Encouraged to Walk Or Ride To School With Active Maps

Colac school children are being encouraged to walk or ride to school as part of a new initiative to increase physical activity and reduce traffic congestion near schools.

Arts and Leisure Officer Amanda Shepherd said the Colac Otway Shire, Colac Area Health, the Bicycle Network and three local primary schools will join forces to launch the pilot program this week, developing maps of preferred walking routes with school children and identifying “drop and walk” points.

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“The idea is to map the walking routes that children already feel comfortable taking and encourage more children to do the same. The project links Colac Otway Shire’s VicHealth Walk to School campaign and Colac Area Health’s Colac Otway Choose Change campaign, in partnership with Bicycle Network.

“Through student workshops with St Mary’s, Colac West and Elliminyt primary schools, we will establish two drop-and-walk points and preferred walking routes to encourage children to walk part of the way to school.

“The drop-off points will provide students who live greater distances from schools with an opportunity to get into the healthy habit of walking and enjoying more quality social time with classmates on the way to school, while increasing safety for students by walking together as a group.

“Parents dropping off their children at a suitable location away from the school will also be positive could also reduce the traffic at the school gates at the start and end of the day. Proposed drop-off points will be about 800 metres from each school, with the northern end of Armstrong Street and the Pound Road-Main Street intersection to be considered."

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