Bicycle Network: National Ride2School Day
Getting your school excited about your Ride2School Day will ensure it is an event to remember.
Getting local media on board
Getting local media on board
One of the best ways to get the community more involved in your National Ride2School Day is promoting it through your local media. Involving local media not only increases community involvement, it also shows the wider community that your school supports active travel.
To get your local media involved with your National Ride2School Day, follow these simple steps:
1. Download the media release template and personalise where indicated
2. Send your personalised media release to all local media (Tip: send them individual emails as opposed to a bulk email).
3. Call all your local media contacts no later than 24 hours after you have sent the media release and:
- Confirm they have received the media release.
- Ask your local newspaper if they are interested in any photo opportunities regarding preparation for the event &/or covering the event on the day.
- Be as accommodating as possible with your local media’s needs. The easier you make it for them, the more likely they are to provide you with publicity.
4. If your local newspaper would like to take photos, ensure that:
- Parents/Guardians have signed a permission form allowing their children to appear in the photographs.
- Students photographed on bikes are correctly wearing helmets in all photographs
If you would like any assistance with getting local media on your event, please contact the Ride2School team on email or phone 1800 639 634.
Place this web tile on your school's website to promote your commitment to healthy lifestyles.
Remind your students about the event and get them excited by adding a Ride2School screen saver to your computer network.
Primary School Screen Saver
Secondary School Screen Saver
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If you need stickers to give to your students on National Ride2School Day, simply download our template and print on sticker paper.
After you and your schools have completed National Ride2School Day event download and print off the particpation certifcate to comemerate the day.
The 'M' check
Before your students or child set out on a ride be sure to give their bike a quick check before they ride off. We've develop an infographic to make it much easier to complete the checks. Simply follow the 'M' shape to make sure you cover off each area.
Keep your school community in the loop with all the details about your National Ride2School Day. We have created newsletter announcements to help you get as many walkers and wheelers on the day.
1st newsletter announcement (3-4 weeks before)
(Name of school) will be celebrating National Ride2School day on Friday 23 March, along with thousands of other schools around the country. We encourage students and their families to leave the car at home on this day and get a taste of the benefits, ease and fun involved in choosing to walk and wheel to school. Parents who are interested in helping out on the day can contact (details of contact person).
2nd newsletter announcement (2 weeks before)
Preparations are well under way for National Ride2School Day next Friday 23 March. To celebrate riding, walking, skating and scooting as fun ways to travel to school, we are organising the following activities on the day:
(list activities. Eg, healthy breakfast, special assembly presentation, casual clothes day – See activity ideas for more information.)
We support our students to walk or wheel to school because:
• Students feel fresh and alert at the beginning of a school day.
• There are fewer cars around the school which eases ‘drop off congestion’.
• Students are more likely to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need each day.
• Students feel happier, healthier and perform better in the classroom.
Parents can join in the fun by walking or wheeling with the students or (list other ways parents can assist) by contacting (details of contact person).
3rd newsletter announcement (1 week before)
National Ride2School Day is just around the corner! A few reminders for the day include:
(list reminders. Eg, students who participate will receive a healthy breakfast, there is a special assembly presentation, wear casual clothes etc).
All students on wheels are required to wear helmets (this includes skaters and scooters). To guard the security of bikes (provide details. Eg we will rope off an area outside the principals office, students will guard bike storage etc. See Bike Parking for more information).
4th newsletter announcement (1 week after the day)
Congratulations to all the students for walking and wheeling to school on National Ride2School Day! We had (provide the results of your Hands Up! survey).
(name of school) would love to see our students keep up the walking and wheeling thought the year as we believe the benefits greatly assist in the students personal and academic development.
Thanks to (include any parents, local businesses or wider community support that you received on the day).