Inaugural Ride2School in Tassie - in Strahan
Our Phil Joughin and staff from our Melbourne team travelled to Strahan this week with the RACT to launch the first full Ride2School initiative in Tasmania. Ride2School is aimed at encouraging students to actively travel to school.
The initiative is a partnership between Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program, the RACT and Strahan Primary School, and aims to encourage students to ride their bikes to school, help get their recommended dose of daily physical activity, and to educate school communities on road safety for bike riders.
As part of the initiative, Ride2School’s ACTIVEmaps and footpath markers are being used to show the most direct way to Strahan Primary School.
Workshops will also be held to educate students (and their parents) on bike awareness and road safety.
RACT community engagement and education manager Kathy Stocks said the RACT had been working with the Bicycle Network to develop and deliver the program for primary schools around Tasmania.
“We use footpath signage to help students and families use the maps, showing them the best places to cross the road and providing helpful hints on how to do this safely,” she said.
Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Behaviour Change Gemma McCrohan said encouraging students to actively travel to school boosts independence in a supportive environment and is a crucial part of their development.
“Students who ride or walk to school arrive energised, alert and more ready to learn than those who don’t,” Ms McCrohan said.