Minister, have you forgotten something?

We are seriously worried that the Tasmanian Government may not fund the continuation of our pioneering Ride2School program.  The program was funded for one year as part of the Road Safety Advisory Council program funding last year, and this funding runs out at the end of June.  There was nothing in the State Budget 2016 about it.

But there’s still a chance we can save the program, which works with primary school children to promote lifelong healthy riding habits.  Perhaps it was just overlooked, and some funds can still be found?

Help us keep get the Tasmanian Government back on track by writing to these Ministers — Premier Will Hodgman (will.hodgman@parliament.tas.gov.au), Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff (jeremy.rockliff@dpac.tas.gov.au), and Minister for Health and Human Services, Michael Ferguson (michael.ferguson@parliament.tas.gov.au) —and asking them to secure Ride2School’s future.  If the letterwriting links in the latest In The Loop didn't work for you, here are some suggested words:

Subject line:  Please ensure Ride2School funding

Dear Ministers,

The important Ride2School program, through which Bicycle Network works with primary school children to promote lifelong healthy riding habits, has not received ongoing funding in the State Budget.  It was funded via the Road Safety Advisory Committee last year, and this funding runs out at the end of June.

Since it was launched by Tasmanian Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer, in March, Ride2School has been helping the Government make good on its aim that Tasmania becomes Australia’s healthiest State by 2025.

Getting students walking and riding to school is critical to building healthy habits early in life, and Ride2School already has 80 schools across the State signed up.  I want to see Bicycle Network funded to work with more schools, teachers, parents and kids to get more people riding.

Can you help us make sure that more kids get the opportunity to Ride2School?

Yours sincerely,

(etc).

You might like to copy your letter to the Hon. Elise Archer (elise.archer@parliament.tas.gov.au) in case she can assist.  Also to our campaigns office (campaigns@bicyclenetwork.com.au) so that we get a sense of how many letters have gone in.  Thankyou for taking action to help keep this program going.

 

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