RIDE2SCHOOL Day took on a freaky twist last month when the national initiative embraced its Friday 13 March date, calling out for spooky themed decorations for bikes and riders.
As part of the nation’s biggest celebration of active travel, more than 350,000 students hit the streets to ride, walk, skate or scoot to school.
Among those to participate was Montagu Bay Primary School, which saw students arrive in droves on foot, bike and scooters – all with a spooky theme – before participating in slow races and making pedal-powered smoothies.
Ride2School Day workshops were held throughout the day, helping children across classes learn basic bike skills and road safety.
Bicycle Network general manager of public affairs Anthea Hargreaves said National Ride2School Day was the best time to start going to school the healthy way.
“National Ride2School Day is a fun way for students and parents to experience the joy of riding a bike,” she said.
“There’s no better time to make riding to school part of your routine.
“Riding to school is free and fun, helps you avoid fighting for the car park at the school gate and can also help students perform better in the classroom.”
Participation in National Ride2School Day was as simple as acknowledging the day and encouraging students to ride, or putting on bike activities, decorations, parades and competitions.
“National Ride2School Day is a great introduction to the wider program and can be the catalyst to creating a school of healthy, active students,” Ms Hargreaves said.
“Ride2School helps break down the barriers to active travel, with schools in the program reporting more than double the national average of students who ride, walk, scoot and skate to school.”
Caption: Montagu Bay Primary School student Grace Coad, and inset, Jemima Goldsmith, enjoying the Freaky Friday spirit.