Peregian Springs into Ride2School Day

Published: Comments:
Children Education & Schools Health & Wellness Lifestyle Sport and Fitness Sunshine Coast Council

Social:   
Sunshine Coast Council TravelSmart Officer Sally Watts, with (l-r) Harpa, Hannah, Taj Jones, Emily and Lucy from Peregian Springs State School

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.”  

For more information about the Integrated Transport Strategy, click here


Cyclists Taj Jones (left) and Zack Gilmore (right) ready to ride to school with students from Peregian Springs State School

 
Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Just in time for Easter, little reds fly away home 18 April 2019 | The little red flying-foxes which called the Sunshine Coast home for the past three months have flown home for winter. More information...
Council to tap into the enthusiasm of our region's youth 18 April 2019 | Sixteen young people with inspirational qualities have been selected to be a voice for young people through Sunshine Coast Council's Speak Up Engage program. More information...
Wiggle Fun Tour on Sale Now at Venue 114 17 April 2019 | The Wiggles are coming to the Sunshine Coast as part of their Wiggle Fun Tour on Friday 17 May at Venue 114 at Lake Kawana. More information...
Live radio play to bring Bankfoot House to life 16 April 2019 | If you fondly remember a time when the family would gather around the sofa or dining table and tune into the wireless for the latest news or entertainment, Bankfoot House and Anywhere Festival have an incredible... More information...
Native wildlife species under threat from the fox 15 April 2019 | Local organisations are again joining forces in an effort to protect our healthy, smart, creative region by controlling foxes and assisting the survival of native species in coastal bushland areas from Mudjimba to... More information...
We're solar savvy on the Sunshine Coast 12 April 2019 | The Sunshine Coast has one of the largest rooftop solar uptakes of any local government area in Australia, with 41% of dwellings choosing to harness the sun and last week Caloundra was named one of the top five... More information...
Renowned Paralympic swimmer set to challenge misconceptions 12 April 2019 | Karni Liddell is one of Australia's most successful, well-respected and highly awarded Paralympic swimmers of our time and will be the keynote speaker for the second In Conversation lunch Disability Versus Abil... More information...
Dress-up after dark at 5th Annual Australasian Bat Night 12 April 2019 | Bring out your bat wings, night vision goggles and join Frankie the flying-fox, our beautiful batty mascot, for an evening of environmental education and entertainment up at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. More information...
Craft is alive at Caloundra Indoor Stadium 11 April 2019 | Bring out your creative side and learn from world class specialists this April when Craft Alive comes to the Sunshine Coast for the first time. More information...
Parking in Caloundra is set to get easier 11 April 2019 | Parking meters in downtown Caloundra are being upgraded to allow tap-and-go payment. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service