Cycle, scooter or skate safely to school this Friday
  • Friday 22 March 2013

Up to 1500 school kids across the region are expected to take part in National Ride2School Day tomorrow, Friday 22 March.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Strategy Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said more than a dozen local schools involved in council’s TravelSmart Sunshine Coast program had registered for this year’s event.

“TravelSmart is a sustainable travel program encouraging people to leave their cars at home and consider other travel options like walking, cycling, or riding a scooter, so it aligns well with the aims of National Ride2School Day,” he said.

“Riding a bike is not only a sustainable alternative to cars, it can be a fun way to get to school and can also help to reduce traffic in school zones. It’s also a great way to get some exercise.

“I encourage more schools and students to get involved - cycling safely to school can have many benefits for school kids and the community.”

Cr Baberowski added that motorists should be aware of the increased cycling activity this Friday.

“There will be more school children out and about, so please take extra care on the roads particularly around local schools,” he said.

Peregian Springs State School held its Ride2School event today. Year 7 student leader Jayden Hebin-Botha said students of all ages took part.

“We counted 72 scooters, 33 skateboards and 176 bikes that came to school today,” he said.

“This is a great event because of how much the school cuts down on pollution in a fun and enjoyable way.”

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s largest celebration of active travel to school, involving thousands of school kids each year.

A series of local travel maps with information on the Coast’s cycling infrastructure - including on-road bicycle lanes, off-road pathways and recommended cycle routes – is available for residents at council offices.