Kids and parents across the NT are pumping their tyres and getting their bike costumes ready for Australia's biggest community bike party, National Ride2School Day on Friday 23 March.
Last year, more than 21 schools across the territory registered to be part of the national event run through Bicycle Network's Ride2School program. Bicycle Network is keen to see that number grow in 2018.
The day aims to show children, parents and entire school communities that riding, walking, skating or scooting to school is healthy, fun and also improves classroom performance.
Children need 60 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy and Bicycle Network believes that the easiest way to do this is by simply subbing out time spent sitting in the car or bus with a ride to school.
Plus, riding to school offers countless benefits – children can explore their independence, connect with friends and even improve their marks – studies have shown that those who get active on the way to school arrive more alert, focused and ready to learn.
Bicycle Network has also pulled together some Ride2School resources for parents with tips and advice on getting their kids active on their way to school.
If you want help getting your local school community involved, please get in touch with our Ride2School team - firstname.lastname@example.org.