Students cycle their way to great health
  • Wednesday 11 March 2015
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About 300,000 school kids across Australia are expected to take part in National Ride2School Day this Friday March 13, and hundreds of Sunshine Coast students are joining the ride.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council supported the event through its TravelSmart program.

“National Ride2School Day is an opportunity to get kids on their bikes and encourage people to leave their cars at home,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Cycling is great for kids’ health, great for the environment and helps reduce traffic in school zones.

“Taking cars off the road and promoting a healthy lifestyle helps achieve the goal of being Australia’s most sustainable region.

“It’s not too late to sign up – parents can register on Council’s website to enter kids in the draw for some great prizes, including a $500 bike shop voucher.”

Coolum State School is one of many Sunshine Coast schools with high participation numbers in previous years.

Councillor Steve Robinson, divisional councillor for Coolum State School, asked motorists to be aware of the increased cycling activity this Friday.

“There will be more school children out and about so please take extra care on the roads, particularly around schools,” Cr Robinson said.

“Ride2School Day is a great initiative to get our kids active and Council makes it easier by providing maps of the region’s cycling paths – including on-road bicycle lanes, off-road pathways and cycling tips – on Council’s website.”

FAST FACTS

  • Many students who register for Ride2School Day are cycling to school for the first time.
  • 2015 is the ninth year of National Ride2School Day.
  • Council is offering three major prizes and 20 minor prizes for students: first prize – $500 voucher at a bike shop of your choice; second prize – $200 voucher at a bike shop of your choice; third prize – $100 voucher at a bike shop of your choice. Minor prizes are helmets and bike locks.