Coast kids set Ride2School record
  • Friday 11 March 2016
Group of kids at Brightwater school riding bikes

Sunshine Coast school kids rode their way to a new record for National Ride2School Day this year, with 1945 students riding a total of 4,194km to school last Friday.

That’s a 51% increase in participants compared to 2015.

With that record in mind, and with 21% of the students riding to school for the first time, the Sunshine Coast Council-supported event reached its goal of encouraging more families to use sustainable transport.

Acting Director Infrastructure Services Tom Jamieson said the participation exceeded council’s expectations.

“Our goal was to have 10% more kids riding to school than in 2015 and with a total increase of 51%, this year’s event has been a great success,” Mr Jamieson said.

“Our TravelSmart team actually counted almost 2300 bikes, scooters and skateboards at the 11 schools they visited on the day, so there were even more kids riding if you count those who didn’t register.

“That’s 86% more kids riding to school than on an average school day and hopefully many of them continue to ride throughout the year.

“Initiatives like this are just one way council is encouraging people to cycle – we’re also investing in new and upgraded cycling infrastructure.”

Other highlights of the 2016 event include:

  • Peregian Springs State School had the highest number of registrants at 247 students, which is approximately 30% of the total school population.
  • Brightwater State School had 343 bikes/scooters/skateboards in racks, which means more than a third of their total school population rode to school.