RideScore Active Schools
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Nov 2019

RideScore is an incentive-based program designed to increase active travel to and from school. The digital platform uses personal sensors that send real-time notifications to parents on the arrival and departure of  student's riding and scooting to and from school. Individual trips are recorded and rewarded at certain milestones.

Council and We Ride Australia are partnering together to trial the RideScore program to nine Sunshine Coast schools from Term 1, February 2020 for 1 year.

This program has been made possible with Federal grant funding from the Move it AUS program, Queensland Government and Stockland.

Get involved

The following nine schools have committed to be part of the region-wide trial for 2020. Further information on how students can participate will be made available on the school websites in early 2020.

  • Baringa State Primary School
  • Bli Bli State School
  • Brightwater State School
  • Buddina State School
  • Caloundra State School
  • Chancellor State School
  • Coolum State School
  • Meridan State College
  • Peregian Springs State School

Schools were selected following a recent traffic and active travel assessment, taking into account some of the following considerations:

  • safe pathway infrastructure conducive to cycling/scooting around the school
  • known traffic and parking congestion history
  • catchment area of the students enrolled at the school.

Parents/carers who have children in one of the nine selected schools will be able to register online. Participating students will receive a personal sensor (beacon) that is attached to their bicycle or scooter. The school bicycle storage facility is fitted with a Bluetooth reader that detects the signal from the sensor, and immediately sends a notification to the nominated contact that the student has arrived at, or departed the school gate.

Data is collected by the online platform, so that incentives can be offered at certain milestones.

In addition to the digital platform, activities are planned throughout the school year to promote and encourage active travel to and from school, including bicycle education classes for all year 4 students.

Benefits

There are many potential benefits for students, families, the school and local community.

Student and families

  • Improved health and fitness, leading to better outcomes
  • Improved road safety awareness
  • Reduced traffic volumes and congestion
  • Increased peace of mind for parents, and increased independence and resilience in students

Schools

  • Increased road safety around schools
  • Reduced traffic congestion and illegal parking
  • Students arrive more active and alert
  • Improves school community health and well-being

Community

  • Reduced traffic volumes and congestion
  • Reduced air and noise pollution
  • Opportunities for community links and partnerships
  • A greater sense of community

Future schools

Following the completion of this trial, an evaluation will be undertaken to assess the viability of continuation of the program. It is hoped that the program will be expanded and offered to additional schools in the future, however, the current trial is only for nine Sunshine Coast Schools for a period of one year.

Schools wishing to register their interest in the program for future consideration, can email ridescore@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

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Contact

For more information about the RideScore Program, please contact council or email ridescore@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.