Let school kids travel free
01/02/2016 8:00 am
Greens MLC Mark Parnell has called for school children travelling to and from school to be allowed to travel for free on Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams.
“We already allow seniors to travel free during the day, so it makes sense to think about the next generation and encourage good environmental behaviour at an early age.
“Far too many kids these days are unnecessarily being driven to and from school instead of walking, riding or catching public transport.
“A great way to encourage more parents to allow their kids to take a bus, tram or train on school days is to make it free.
“With budgets tight, parents will welcome the savings, and they’ll also welcome their children becoming more active. Public transport is also incredibly safe during the times that kids are going to and from school.
“The massive drop off in peak hour traffic during school holidays shows how much car travel during the week these days comes from parents doing the school run.
“We need to do everything we can to encourage our children out of cars and into more sustainable forms of transport.
According to a 2015 survey by Active Healthy Kids Australia, (led by the University of South Australia), less than a third of secondary students use public transport for most of their trips to and from school and nearly half never or rarely use public transport. The figures are much lower for primary school children.
Advantages of free public transport for school children include:
• More active and independent children
• Less traffic congestion
• Lower cost of living for families
• Familiarisation with public transport for later in life
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