RideScore Active Schools
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Apr 2022

RideScore is an incentive-based program designed to increase active travel to and from school. The digital platform uses Bluetooth sensors that enable real-time notifications to be sent 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 in nine Sunshine Coast schools with an anticipated participation number of 1,500 children. Due to the school closures as a result of COVID-19, and additional software and hardware improvements being required, the program launch was delayed, and officially commenced in February 2022.

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 been invited to be part of the region-wide trial in 2022. More information on how students can participate will be made available through the schools.

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

Schools were selected following a traffic and active travel assessment, with considerations including:

  • 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 can register via the RideScore app. Participating students will receive a Bluetooth sensor (beacon) to attach to their bicycle or scooter. The school bicycle storage facility is fitted with a Bluetooth reader that detects the signal from the beacon, 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.

Benefits

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

Students 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 visit RideScorecontact council, or email ridescore@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.