Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
19 March 2014
School students from across Tasmania today participated in active transport activities and events including riding, walking, scooting and skating as part of National Ride2School Day.
Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Liz Banks, said the national day provides an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of students being active as part of their school day transport.
“Even if it isn’t possible to walk or ride the whole way to school, including some regular active transport into those journeys can help support student health and wellbeing,” Ms Banks said.
St Leonards Primary School is one of several schools encouraging students to use active transport as part of their school day.
St Leonards Primary School Principal, Louise Fisher, said the school recently started a ‘cycling bus’ where a group of students ride to and from school together, while being supervised by parents and teachers.
“The group rides every Wednesday and is a fun and enriching way for the students to travel,” she said.
“As well as being active, the students are learning the cycling and traffic skills they need to stay safe on the roads.
“The local community has also been very positive about the cycling group and have commented on how enjoyable it is to see the students riding together.”
For more information about National Ride2School Day, visit www.bv.com.au/general/ride2school/