Spokesabout, one of AustCycles newest Providers, will be delivering AustCycle 'Bike Handling Skills' training to three primary schools in the Fraser Coast region as part of the Active Transport to Schools program.
The Active Transport to School program is a travel behaviour change program that aims to reduce the number of school trips that students take by car. Instead of driving, the program encourages students to use alternative forms of transport such as walking and cycling.
The program is a joint initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Sport and Recreation QLD, Hervey Bay State High School, Pialba State School and Cardno Consulting Engineers. It will be rolling out across the region over the next six months and means that over 200 school children will have participated in AustCycle training courses.
Spokesabout has only been working as an AustCycle Licensed Provider for a few months, operating as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) in the Fraser Coast Region.They recently held their first public appearance to promote AustCycle, their business and the FCRC Live Life Healthy Programs.
The day involved recruiting participants for future courses, and included a competition for people to guess how many kilometres had been ridden on their bikes since commencing cycling in February 2011.
The weather for the event was less than ideal but Michelle Lennard, Director of Spokesabout, said the day was a success.
We were very thankful for our large shelter as this event was on the Saturday of the Queen's Jubilee weekend, when it poured down for three days, Michelle told AustCycle.
As the weather really closed in, a couple ran under our shelter and we were delighted to realise they were on our AustCycle training course back in September in Brisbane".
"It was also very entertaining listening to the various mathematical ways the entrants tried to come up with their guess [for the competition]. The winner was a young boy".