26 September 2023

Students gear up for national ride day

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Transport Canberra is ready to celebrate National Ride2School Day this Friday (25 March), releasing a treasure hunt to motivate younger students.

Releasing the transport-themed treasure hunt, Transport Canberra encouraged all students and their families to leave the car at home (or at a part-way point) and “give riding, walking, scooting or skating to school a go”.

“Join more than 350,000 students across Australia who will ride, walk, scoot and skate to school,” Transport Canberra said.

“Ride2School Day is an opportunity for students, parents or carers and teachers to try riding, walking, skating or scooting to school as well as celebrating the seasoned walkers and riders,” it said.

“It is the perfect opportunity to kickstart new healthy habits and promote the many benefits of active travel.”

Transport Canberra said enabling children to ride or walk to school added to their daily physical activity, which had positive benefits on their health and wellbeing.

“It’s also a great way for parents or carers to spend quality time with their children,” it said.

The Agency said teaching children to travel safely to school was a great way to build confidence and allow children to grow, but, prior to letting children set out on their own, it was important to set them up with the skills and knowledge to ensure they could travel safely.

It said some of the key things to remember included showing children the best route to and from school (in person and on a map); teaching children how to cross roads safely (utilise crossings and underpasses where possible); and teaching kids what to do in case of an emergency (key people to contact or where to go).

Transport Canberra’s bingo-style treasure hunt can be accessed at this PS News link and further tips on travelling safely to school at this link.

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