Kids gear up for cycling challenge
  • Thursday 08 March 2012

More than 1000 Sunshine Coast school kids will take to the streets next week to compete in the Sunshine Coast Ride to School Challenge.

An initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council’s TravelSmart program, the challenge will see over a dozen schools competing to get the most participants riding to and from school.

Sustainable Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said this was one of many events during bike week, March 10-18, which encourages a healthier alternative to motor vehicle travel.

"A cycling competition is a great way for kids to have fun and get outdoors while learning how car travel can harm the environment and cause road congestion," Cr Griffin said.

"The school with the best participation wins the champion trophy and is treated to a celebratory lunch, however all participants get a certificate and go in the draw to win one of 10 brand-new TREK bicycles.

"But Bike Week isn’t just for kids, TravelSmart is also hosting a range of events and workshops during the week for cyclists of all ages and experience levels to get everyone back on bikes."

The Sunshine Coast Ride to School Challenge is one of a series of events coordinated and promoted by the Sunshine Coast Council during Sunshine Coast Bike Week, March 10-18.

Other events throughout the week range from bike maintenance and women’s only workshops, progression from training wheels and introductory group rides.

Bike Week is designed to promote cycling and the associated health, travel and environmental benefits to the Sunshine Coast community.

TravelSmart has coordinated the Sunshine Coast Bike Week for more than five years. New events this year include the Ride to School Challenge and the BMX Show, Blast from the Past.

A full timetable of events is available from the TravelSmart website,