Riding to school a healthier option

I WOULD like to congratulate the schools and students who partici­pated in this year’s Ride2School Day on Friday.

It is great to see so many of our schools being involved in ­Ride2School Day, which provides the opportunity for every school community to ditch the car and embrace a healthier start to the day by riding and walking to school.

 An early ride or walk to school is a great way to ensure students are energised and ready to learn at the start of each day. 

It also encourages students to include physical activity in their daily commute and learn lifelong healthy habits.

National Ride2School Day is the flagship event for the Ride2School program and Bicycle Network.

 The program aims to increase the number of young people using active modes of travel to and from school regularly, instead of sitting in the family car.

 It also aims to boost the con­fidence of parents in their child­ren’s ability to ride or walk to school safely and teach young children ­vital road safety skills.

With more than 2000 schools and 350,000 students taking part each year, it’s a day for celebration.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved.

Steve Herbert,

Member for Northern Victoria

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