Pippa Denham and Danielle Granger with the school’s eTag system. "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time," American comedian Steven Wright once noted in his deadpan way.
But of course, not everyone has the time, especially if they need to get to work or school.
Even if they do have time, many people choose their bike or cars over walking — unless there is an incentive.
It was this thinking that informed a pilot program in Victoria’s west where, for the past two months, year 7 and 8 students at Horsham College had been earning points for their house every time they walked or rode to school.
The winning house will today be presented with a commemorative shield. An immediate change
Year 8 students Pippa Denham and Danielle Grainger said they noticed an immediate change in their classmates when the Move it! Monday program began. Dozens of year 8 students have joined Pippa Denham [R] by riding to school. "I do think sometimes about how much pollution we put into the world, and it is a great motive to ride to school," Pippa said.
Already a keen cyclist before the program began, Pippa said she had "definitely seen a lot more bikes and scooters at school in the sheds"."A lot more people ride throughout the week now, so it was just a great motive to start kids riding and walking on Monday," she said.Living rurally, Danielle now takes the bus to school and then cycles to her mother’s work after school."I […]
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