Children and young people are recommended to participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. 
Unfortunately, around 70 per cent of children aged 5-11 and 90 per cent of young people aged 12-17 are not achieving this goal. 
Less than half of school children report using active transport as their usual way of travelling to or from school. 
Riding or walking to school are excellent ways for children to be active and healthy.
In addition to improving their physical health, studies have found that children who participate in physical activity tend to achieve better academic results. 
Michael Daley and Labor will invest $7 million to encourage more children to walk or ride to and from school.
This funding will be allocated to initiatives which support active travel to and from school, including the development of ActivePaths.
ActivePaths are designated routes to school that have been identified in conjunction with the local council and the school community. They are designed to make the journey to school as clear, popular and fun as possible. 
Schools will be encouraged to apply for grants to support active transport in their community.
Labor’s investment of $7 million will also support other initiatives, including:
🚲 The purchase of new bike racks for NSW public schools; and
🚶♀️Education programs to give parents and students greater skills and confidence riding to school.
Where an initiative is delivered in partnership with a local council, the council will be encouraged to make a matching contribution.
1 Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, Commonwealth Department of Health, 21 November 2017
2 Australia’s Health Tracker – Technical Appendix, Australian Health Policy Collaboration, November 2016, p. 27
3 Physical Literacy: Do Our Kids Have All The Tools: 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, Active Healthy Kids Australia, p 22
4 Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning, Dr Karen Martin, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, May 2010
5 The Bicycle Network, Ride2School Toolbox: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/ride2school/toolbox/