Bicycle Network: Ride2School
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School’s back, so be careful out there
29 January 2015. Schools resume this week around Australia so drivers need to be extra careful on the streets and around schools, particularly as more and more students are keen to bike and walk to school for healthy exercise.
But at the same time that communities are trying to encourage more children to get active and ride to school, many parents are creating mayhem at the school gateway, insisting on trucking their children to school by car.
The Victorian Government has made a special plea this week for parents to calm down around schools.
According to VicRoads data, 350 people were injured—82 of them seriously—at and near schools during school hours in 2012 - the latest period analysed.
Although school zones comprise just a fraction of then state’s roads, they are among the most hazardous for road users.
It is a pointed irony that those at risk around school precincts are at risk from parents who drive their children to the school because they think that walking or riding to school is a risk.
If more children walked and rode to school, and less were driven, safety would improve.
As school has started back, the Ride2School program is gearing up for another year. Ride2School supports thousands of schools across Australia to create and maintain an active travel culture. It can help parents and schools make encouraging walking and riding to school quick and easy.
You can get all the details from the Ride2School website.
National Ride2School Day Awards
15 May 2014. For this years National Ride2School Day event, we offered up three very big prizes for Victorian schools, valued at $5,000 each. The prizes included, a choice of bike parking, a new bike shed, class set of bikes or BIke Ed training. We had over 100 submissions from teachers to why there school deserved one of these prizes. Sadly there could only be three winners. The lucky winners are;
- Surfside Primary School
- Templestowe Park Primary School
- Rye Primary School
Each of these schools presented an amazing submission. Principal of Rye Primary school Mark Warner was thrilled to be one of the lucky three. Rye Primary school have worked with the Ride2School program since 2008 to encourage more students to actively travel and have seen a steady increase in the number of students riding and walking to school.
Congratulations to each of these schools, we hope to see the number of students actively travelling to your school grow. For more information on how we can support your school, contact us today.
21 April 2014. Over the April school holidays, we were a busy bunch running two Good2Go bike ed courses in the City of Port Phillip and Mitchell Shire in Seymour. Over these two course, we had over 75 students complete the course. Our Good2Go course is designed to provide each student with the knowledge and skill to become more confident on the journey to school. While the course is focused on bike riding, the knowledge gained from the course is applicable to scooting, skating and walking.
Each of the students were asked to complete a quick survey about their skill level and confidence before and after the course. After completing the course, there was a 62% increase in their general confidence and a 50% increase about their knowledge of the road rules and other users.
If you'd like to know more about the Good2Go course, contact us today.
National Ride2School Day Success
21 March 2014
We'd like to say congratulations and a BIG thank you to all the schools who took part in the eighth National Ride2School Day, Australia's largest celebration of active travel. To show our appreciation, we've made this short film about the day! Enjoy!
Find out more about National Ride2School Day.