Bicycle Queensland is calling on Queensland parents to gear up and get their kids riding, with National Ride2School Day this Friday 22 March.
The state’s peak organisation for two-wheeled exhilaration says cycling to school can be made safe, if more parents leave the car at home and help their kids to ride.
As few as eight per cent of kids ride to school in Queensland, a figure Bicycle Queensland would like to double.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage called on parents to get kids cycling, and relive their own youth.
“Riding a bike is a great way for the whole family to get fit, stay active, and feel connected with the community,” Ms Savage said.
“We’ve all heard the statistics – we’re not as healthy as we could be – and it’s costing us our happiness.
“More kids on bikes is one of the best ways to guarantee lifelong health and fitness for our next generation.
“The time is now to inspire their growth and development.”
Ms Savage said Bicycle Queensland was on a mission to reinvigorate bike riding across Queensland.
“Cycling is one of the easy keys to creating fitter, happier, and better-connected communities.
“There has never been a better time to get back on our bikes, ditch the car, reduce congestion, and bank family savings for a beach holiday.”
The 2017 National Cycling Participation Survey indicated a resounding majority of Queenslanders want to see stronger investment in bikeways (67%), and better connections between bike paths and schools, shops, pools, and parks.
59 per cent of Queenslanders also called for more on-road bike lanes.
Bicycle Queensland is also urging schools and students statewide to submit entries for Bicycle Queensland’s Cameron Frewer Road Safety Education Bursary and go in the running to win one of six $250 bursaries.
More information can be found online at > https://bq.org.au/programs/the-cameron-frewer-road-safety-education-bursary/
Bicycle Queensland’s tips for riding to school
• Practice rides on weekends to build confidence.
• If you’re uncomfortable riding on the road, you can ride on the footpath in Queensland.
• Choose the safest route, even if it’s a bit longer.
• Team up with neighbours or school mates and exercise as a group.
• If you don’t have a bike – ride a scooter or walk.
• Remember to lock your bike somewhere safe.
• Always wear a helmet.
Queenslanders interested in finding out more about cycling can visit www.bq.org.au or call Bicycle Queensland on 3844 1144.