School travel

Waverley Council encourages and works together with our local schools to enable more students to walk and ride to school, as well as use public transport and car pool.


Reducing car use for trips to and from school reduces traffic congestion and improves safety around schools.

Waverley Council provides resources and support for schools, teachers and P&Cs to encourage students to walk and ride to school safely. Council can provide resources for events, free bike skill workshops for school groups (age 10 and 11), bike parking and active travel to school programs, including investigation and potential funding of infrastructure upgrades for safer routes to school.

Ride to School Day - Friday 23 March 2018

Ride to School Day is an annual nation-wide event that celebrates walking, scootering and cycling to school.  Further details about the national event where you can register your school and/or download posters is at

In 2018 Waverley Council is offering the following support to schools:

  • Free fruit – place your order by Monday 19 March. Open to the first six schools to respond with an estimate of number of fruit required. Numbers will be capped based on school size.
  • Free Bike Checks – pick your date between Monday 19 March and Wednesday 21 March before Ride to School Day. A maximum of four school will be able to participate. We will supply a bike mechanic to come to the school in the morning between 7:30am and 9:30am for free tune ups to prepare your students’ bikes ready for the event.

Walk2School Day - Friday 18 May 2018

Walk2School Day aims to promote walking to school as a healthy activity, to reduce car use for travel to school, and promote safe driving and behaviour around schools. Waverley Council supports your school so you can participate in this Walk2School Day event.

Put this date in your calendar and contact our team for support for this event.

Active Schools Program

Contact Waverley Council’s Active Travel to Schools team to include your school on our Active Schools Program. Talk to us about your needs and we can put together a package to assist. We can offer the following for FREE:

  • Make walking and cycling to school more attractive by working with Council to make your route to school along paths and crossing roads safer and more useful.
  • Assist you to take advantage of FREE bike skill workshops for your students at Sydney Park.
  • Plan for and seek funding for bike and scooter parking at school.

Case studies

Bronte Public School – infrastructure improvements

Our Active Travel to School team worked to provide improvements to increase safety and access to the pedestrian crossing on Murray Street and at the turnaround on Hewlett Street.

A ramp was installed to the upper level of a two level footpath, fencing was installed in a staggered design to slow down exuberant children on their approach and planting made to soften the landscape. Parking on Hewlett Street was also rearranged to provide for a drop off and pickup area for the school. This project designed, funded and implemented by Council under the Safe Active Schools Program.

Quote from Parent:

"I sincerely thank you for all your help and support in regards to the review and management of traffic safety around our school. The changes that have been put in place have made a huge difference and I know the school and parents alike would join us in commending the great work the Council has done.

The Pick Up Zone has been a huge success and the changes implemented at the Murray Street intersection have made it a significantly safer place to cross for young and old alike! Thank you again from us both to you and the team at Waverley Council for a job well done!"

Bronte Public School Murray Street

Bronte Public School Hewlett Street

Clovelly Public School – bike racks

Our Active Travel to School team worked with the school P&C to implement their successful ‘Small Grants’ application to Council for the installation of additional bike racks.

Clovelly Public School – infrastructure improvements under consideration

The Active Schools Program team is currently proceeding through the required steps to put a proposal to Roads and Maritime Services to ban the Right Hand Turn from Arden Street to Chesterfield Parade. Further improvements are under consideration.

More information

For more information, please contact Waverley Council’s Active Travel to School team: or phone 9083 8678.

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