Participating schools like St Mark’s Primary in Dingley Village have more than double the national average of students walking and riding to school – 40 per cent versus 20 per cent.
Since 2006, Ride2School has encouraged hundreds of thousands of students to ride and walk to school regularly.
Last year alone more than 900 schools across Victoria took part in Ride2School Day – almost 370,000 students getting on their bike to boost their physical activity levels on the day.
Studies show that one in four children are not getting enough exercise – an early ride or walk to school is a great way to ensure students are energised and ready to start learning from the first bell.
This new $1.4 million injection will open the program to more than 200 additional Victorian schools, allowing them to make submissions for funding to support inspirational ideas that encourage regular active participation by students.
The boost will support a range of initiatives from building bike-parking facilities including bike sheds to identifying safe routes to and from school.
The Ride2School program also promotes the importance of bicycle safety – wearing helmets and being aware of other users of roads and footpaths.
Bicycle Network manages the Ride2School program, including the National Ride2School Day.
For more information about Ride2School, visit bicyclenetwork.com.au.