Bicycle Network: National Ride2School Day
Not sure where to store all the extra bikes? Do most of your students live too far to ride,walk, skate or scoot from their home?
Bike parking and storage
Your school is sure to have a few extra bikes to deal with on National Ride2School Day. If you aren’t quite lucky enough to have a bike shed to store all wheels arriving on the day, here are a few ideas to overcome your temporary storage issues:
Before National Ride2School Day
Select a location for storing the bikes, scooters or skateboards. Our suggestions include:
- Unused lockable rooms such as a multi-purpose room or unused classroom,
- storage shed,
- section of the basketball or netball court
- outside the Principal’s office/staff room.
On National Ride2School Day
- Make your selected area visible. Place signage up that is easy for students to follow. If you have selected an area outdoors, mark the area out with coloured flagging tape, ropes or chairs so it’s bright and visible for all to see.
- If you are not storing bikes in a secure area, for security either store the bikes outside the Principals office/staff room or put students on 30 minute ‘sentry duty’ during the day.
- Do a Hands Up! survey so you know exactly how many extra bikes you had on event day.
Note: If you have a bike shed, or your allocated area has secure items students can attach their bikes to while in storage, request that students bring a lock on Ride2School Day. Add a section in your school newsletter so parents are also aware.
After National Ride2School Day
Now you can see the potential of how many bikes you can get on a typical school day, be sure to contact the Ride2School team to see how we can help your school get permanent and secure bike parking facilities. See how we have helped other schools here.
After all, National Ride2School Day is all about giving your school community a tast of how fantastic it is walk and wheel to school, then keeping the momentum going throught the year.
Part Way is Ok
Many students, live some distance from school. ‘Part way is OK’ is a means to ensure that these students can still have the opportunity to enjoy riding or walking to school on National Ride2School Day.
Part Way is Ok isalso a great way to alleviate traffic safety concerns by getting parents and teachers to meet students at the drop-off points and leading students on the way to school.
Leading up to National Ride2School Day encourage parents/ guardians to drop off and pick up students at a point closer to the school that still enables students to travel the rest of the way to bike, scooter, skateboard or foot. It also minimises traffic congestion within your school parking areas at peak hour pick up and drop off times.
How do I implement Part Way is Ok?
Click here for a step by step guide about how you can implement Part Way is Ok at your school along with heaps of resources you can download.