The stats from National Ride2School Day are in and it was our biggest one yet!
A record breaking 907 schools around Australia registered with Bicycle Network to be involved in National Ride2School Day on Friday 22 March 2019, almost 50 per cent more than in 2018.
But it wasn't just the number of schools who got involved that impressed, it was how involved they got. Overall, 56 per cent of students rode, walked, scooted or skated to school on National Ride2School Day.
The council area with the most registrations was Ashburton Shire in Western Australia's Pilbara.
In Victoria, the most engaged state in the Ride2School program, City of Port Phillip took out the gong for the most registrations. 16 of the 19 schools in Port Phillip (84 per cent) participated in National Ride2School Day.
And while Port Phillip had an excellent participation rate, it wasn't a city school that took out the prize as the most active in the country. The school with the best active travel rate was Cudgee Primary School in south-west Victoria where 91 per cent of students went to school the healthy way.
The huge numbers of students riding fitted right in with Bicycle Network's theme for the day of 'return to the 70s', when around 80 per cent of Australian students rode and walked to school.
However, we think that some schools may have misinterpreted this as return to the 1870s, particularly students at Farnborough State School near Rockhampton in Queensland who rode horses to school!
It was fantastic to see so many schools around Australia embrace National Ride2School Day and encourage students to be healthy and active.
Now it's time to make sure students continue riding a bike to school and form lifelong habits.
Bicycle Network's Ride2School program has plenty of resources and information to help you do this and make it easy for students to get more than 60 minutes of exercise each day.
To see what you can do, check out Ride2School's toolbox and see how you can get involved in the program that is more than just a day.Ride2school Toolbox
Most active council areas
See the council areas from each state that had the most National Ride2School Day registrations.
New South Wales: Bega Valley Shire Council
Northern Territory: Palmerston City Council
Queensland: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
South Australia: Walkerville Council
Victoria: Port Phillip City Council
Tasmania: Break O’Day Council
Western Australia: Ashburton Shire Council