GOULBURN Street Primary School joined 29 schools across Tasmania in promoting healthy options and physical activities during National Ride2School Day.
Held on 22 March, Ride2School Day was is part of a broader program aimed to empower students to get active and ride their bikes to school.
Students engaged in a number of activities including undertaking slow races, making smoothies on a blender-bike and participating in bike and helmet dress-up competitions.
Workshops were also held around safety and awareness on bikes, such as road safety, riding skills and the importance of wearing helmets.
Bicycle Network public affairs adviser Alison Hetherington said about two thirds of Australian children did not get the recommended level of daily exercise.
She said it was hoped the program changed that.
“Riding a bike is a really good way to get exercise and when you mix it with transport it’s a really good way to get exercise everyday,” she said.
“Lots of kids don’t get time and space to play on their bikes so to have that time and space is really valuable.
“For parents to come along and see how much fun their children are having, it’s acts as a good prompt for them to take their kids to a place where they can ride really freely.”
Ms Hetherington said each year a school was selected for Ride2School to centre their activities on and this year it was Goulburn Street Primary School.
“Goulburn Street Primary School has a really good active transport rate and was eager to be the flagship school for this year,” she said.
Goulburn Street Primary School principal Michael Park said the school wanted to give students the two key messages of health and safety.
“Being based in West Hobart, our community is very focused on health, safety and the sustainability of our environment,” he said.
For more information about Ride2School Day, visit www.bicyclenetwork.com.au.
Caption: From left, Goulburn Street Primary School students Ida, Sophie, Mira, Rosie and Jack participate in Ride2School Day activities.