National Ride2School Day has come and gone for another year and AustCycle Teacher and Skills Coaches were on hand to ensure that as many children as possible got to school safely.
Read about the great work our Providers got up to in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.
AustCycle Provider Ride-a-Bike Right started a four-week program at Moana Primary School to coincide with Ride2School day, and according to Teacher Lee-Anne Fleming, there were bikes as far as the eyes could see!
“The school’s counsellor is proactive in getting this safety and skills program back every two years. The course covers learn to ride skills for those getting off training wheels, non-traffic cycling skills for those riding and a parent info session.
“The moment when children learn to ride without training wheels is such a joyous moment for everyone – all the kids cheer their friends, teachers are taking pictures and the child is beaming.”
At Belgian Gardens State School, over 210 students, 60 parents, 30 police recruits, 2 police sergeants and many mothers in prams took part in Ride2School Day!
Helen McLaughlin, Safe School Travel Coordinator, said the police officers were engraving kids bikes and scooters and children were given a healthy snack to start their school day. Prizes were also given to five lucky students.
In Victoria, Bikes@Work Teachers ran a two-week bike skills and road safety course for Moreland Primary School in the lead up to Ride2School Day.
“They were enthusiastic kids who were keen to improve their bike riding skills,” said Teacher Georgie Fyfe-Jamieson. “The teachers were very committed to having cycling on the school agenda and the bike shed was packed out!”
New South Wales
While in NSW, AustCycle Provider Addventageous headed over to
Springwood to help kids get ready for the big day!
“Children mastered safer ridding skills, they were able to
demonstrate riding with one hand to help signal safe distance and brake
safely,” said Teacher Charlene Bordley.
“A number of children arriving with balance bikes or
training wheels mastered pedalling on two wheels. Older children worked
together with road safety scenarios, entering a road and using share paths as
well as mastering slow riding to build confidence with balance and control.
“Even rain didn’t stop the keen, young riders – a great
effort by all!”