Thousands of students are set to ride, walk, scoot and skate to school as part of Bicycle Network’s 9th annual National Ride2School Day, this Friday (March 13).
“In the 1970’s 80% of all school children rode or walked to school. Nowadays it’s down around 20%,” Bicycle Network general manager Gemma McCrohan said.
Over 300,000 Australian students, parents, and staff are ditching the car to join in the fun by actively travelling to school.
McCrohan says that encouraging students to ride to school increase the amount of physical activity in their day, boosts independence, and is a crucial part of their development.
“Students who ride to school arrive energized, alert, and more ready to learn,” McCrohan explained.
Experts recommend children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day to maintain their health.
National Ride2School Day is part of Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program which works with more than 2,000 schools throughout the year to help develop a healthy, active travel culture.
“Schools registered in the Ride2School program have more than double the national average of students riding or walking to school,” McCrohan said.”
McCrohan encourages Australian schools to join in the fun and embrace a healthier lifestyle through active-travel as students involved in the Ride2School program were more likely to benefit from being active.
“Active travel is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommended daily dose of physical activity and National Ride2School Day shows school communities that riding to school is not only easy – but fun!”