Bicycle Network’s award-winning Mind.Body.Pedal initiative is continuing on its crusade to get more young women happy, healthy and active.
This month, Mind.Body.Pedal spread their message of health, happiness, positivity and confidence to more than 150 students from Hampton Park Secondary College and Cranbourne Secondary College in Melbourne’s south east.
An initiative of Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program, Mind.Body.Pedal aims to address the barriers that hold teenage girls back from getting enough physical activity.
With support from The Kindness Effect and the Body Shop, Mind.Body.Pedal sets out to support and celebrate the differences that make high-school aged girls unique, while addressing issues of self-esteem confidence that hold many back from riding a bike.
The goal is to create a country of active, positive and confident women on bikes.
Hosted at secondary schools, the one-day event includes a bike ride, basic bike maintenance course, and two self-care and self-confidence workshops.
Since it's inception, Mind.Body.Pedal has reached more than 20 schools, with seven already visited this year.
After participating in the event, schools report a 20% increase in the number of students walking and riding to school on average.
There are two more events scheduled for this year at Glen Eira College (13 September) to coincide with RUOK Day and Westall Secondary College (11 Nov) as part of Mental Health Week.
Individual schools or council areas interested in the program are encouraged to get in touch.
Ride2School funding at risk
Thanks to funding from the Victorian Government, Bicycle Network's Ride2School program is able to run programs like Mind.Body.Pedal along with a range of other initiatives and events to get more young people active.
However, 2018/19 marks the final financial year of the Ride2School program’s current funding cycle.
Ride2School has had bipartisan support in Victoria for more than 10 years because it works.
Schools that are active within the program report double the national average for active travel rates.
With an election looming, we’ll be asking for support from all sides of politics.
You can help now by reaching out to your local member or candidate and ask them to support the Ride2School program.