The bike racks were packed to the brim at Peregian Springs State School today as hundreds of their students celebrated National Ride2School Day.
The annual event encourages children across Australia to get physically active and pedal, skate or scoot on their journey to school.
Peregian Springs Deputy Principal Dave Foxover said the school was extremely proud to see so many of its students participate in Australia’s largest celebration of active travel.
“A healthy percentage of our students regularly ride their bikes to and from school and we always encourage parents and students who are able to leave the car at home and ride to and from school to do so,” Mr Foxover said.
“Four out of five children in Australia don’t get the daily one hour of physical activity they need for good health so it was terrific to see so many of our students making a positive change for their health and the health of our environment on National Ride2School Day.”
Year 6 student Melissa Goodman said it was a huge thrill to be among the nearly half a million students around Australia who participated in National Ride2School Day.
“I love riding my bike to school and it always makes me feel better about my day and just healthier in general whenever I can ride my bike instead of going to school by car,” Melissa said.
Australian Cycling Academy team members Ashley Mackay and Zack Gilmore joined Peregian State School students on their ride to school this morning. After being diagnosed with cancer as a 16 year old, Zack said cycling played a crucial role in helping him to overcome the disease.
“The bike was my major motivator throughout my battle with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma,” Zack said.
“Having healthy and active goals I wanted to achieve helped me through the tough mental battle and now that I’m back riding, I always feel great when I get the endorphins rushing through my body.
“All of us at the Australian Cycling Academy really support National Ride2School Day and events like this show that you don’t have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy the benefits of being on a bike and getting healthy and active.”
Transport, Arts and Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said Ride2School Day aligns with council’s Integrated Transport Strategy, which encourages the use of sustainable, safe and efficient transport methods within our region.
“Around 200,000 more people are expected to live on the Sunshine Coast by 2041 and the Integrated Transport Strategy outlines the direction for transport in our region to ensure we can keep up with growth and protect our quality of life,” Cr Baberowski said.
“One of key targets of the Integrated Transport Strategy is to reduce car travel and increase active travel and events like National Ride2School Day certainly support this.
“So well done to all students who rode their bikes or scooters to school today and let’s keep the momentum going and make healthy, active and sustainable transport a habit for our own health as well as the future health of the Sunshine Coast.”
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Cyclists Taj Jones (left) and Zack Gilmore (right) ready to ride to school with students from Peregian Springs State School