350,000 students to join the fun on National Ride2School Day tomorrow

350,000 students from more than 2,300 schools across Australia will ditch the car and jump on their bikes as part of Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day celebrations tomorrow. 

National Ride2School Day encourages students, parents and school communities to embrace a healthier start to the school day by showing just how fun and easy it is to ride, walk, skate or scoot to school. 

Bicycle Network CEO, Craig Richards, said that National Ride2School Day is a great celebration of bike riding, and with so many new riders taking to the streets on the day, it is important that everyone takes extra special care on the roads and paths. 

“National Ride2School Day is a fun-filled day for students and helps encourage physical activity,” said Mr Richards.

“With so many students riding to school tomorrow, we urge all road users to be aware and expect to see bike riders and pedestrians, and obey speed limits. Students and parents should also be alert on the way to school and take particular care around crossings and intersections.”

The day will be supported by a number of MPs, including Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, and Victorian Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, who will attend celebrations at schools in their local area.

The Ride2School program aims to address the decline in physical activity among Australia’s youth by supporting and encouraging schools, parents and students to get physically active on the way to school.

80% of students rode or walked to school in the 1970s, but in recent times that figure dropped to around 25%. However, schools that participate in Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program report that well over half of their students ride, walk, skate or scoot to school.

Riding to school also helps performance, with a Danish study showing that children who walk or ride to school display improved concentration for four hours longer than those who are driven.

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