School Travel

In some centres in New Zealand, as much as 40% of peak hour of morning peak period traffic is education–related. In the past 20 years, the percentage of children being driven to school has more than doubled. Car trips to school add to traffic congestion, parking hassles, increased travel times, air pollution, and the risk of traffic crashes. Issues surrounding this phenomena have led Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd to be involved in several projects related to school travel.

  • Walking school bus (WSB). The walking school bus project was an international first as no one had attempted to establish comprehensive walking school bus networks for an entire school community. The project was a success - by June 2006, Land Transport NZ (now the NZ Transport Agency) recorded approximately 330 walking school buses in about 120 schools across the country with over 4,000 registered users. The Walking School Bus project won an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Energywise Award in 2001. [read more]
  • School based cycle trains. A “cycle train” is essentially a “walking school bus” on wheels: adult volunteers cycle along a set route to school, collecting children from designated stops along the way. Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd, working with Nelson City Council, developed, trialled and evaluated a process for implementing “cycle trains” at primary / intermediate schools. [read more]
  • Role of safety in school travel plans. The purpose of this project was to develop an understanding of the role that road safety issues play in school travel plans. The primary source of information for this project was international case studies of school travel work undertaken in mainland Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. [read more]