Pupils in step for car-free day
Dozens of children, parents and staff from Mt Albert Primary School braved the rain to walk to school for World Car-Free Day on Tuesday.
The walk that started at Mt Albert’s Rocket Park was led by principal Enosa Auva’a and police education officer sergeant Deane McEntee.
“We are really encouraging the idea of walking and alternative modes of transport,” says Mr Auva’a.
Organiser Helen Coyte, who has a child at the school, hopes the walk will be the start of a new walking school bus route.
“We’ve been wanting to set up a route from Rocket Park and this was a good chance to launch it and get some of the parents who come from this direction to hopefully put up their hands for a walking school bus.”
Auckland City Council senior road safety co-ordinator Claire Dixon says 13,000 children and young people registered for Car-Free Day, including 1500 Diocesan School for Girls students who also walked to school for the occasion.
She says there are 3300 students in the city using walking school buses and more routes are being set up.
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority’s strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark says car congestion is one of the city’s biggest issues.
He says there are now more than 5000 people using trains to get to the central city every morning, thanks to investment by the government and the region into track and station upgrades.
Environmentally friendly: Mt Albert Primary School principal Enosa Auva’a leads students in a walk to school for World Car-Free Day.