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School promotes the joys of cycling

Pedal power: Osborne Primary students Sophie, Mikaela, Keaton, Ryan and Riley preparing for Ride2School Day. Picture: Gary Sissons OSBORNE Primary School students are being encouraged…

Monday, Mar 21

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Pedal power: Osborne Primary students Sophie, Mikaela, Keaton, Ryan and Riley preparing for Ride2School Day. Picture: Gary Sissons OSBORNE Primary School students are being encouraged to embrace the joys of walking, cycling or skating to school, and are gearing up for the National Ride2School Day on 25 March.

They will join 350,000 students across Australia taking part in the Bicycle Network campaign on Friday.

Grade four teacher Nick Drysdale said the school encouraged student participation because the benefits of getting more exercise were clear.

“Often classmates arrange to ride to and from school together, and there are the obvious exercise benefits that flow on to better concentration and better overall health,” he said.

Mr Drysdale said walking or riding was “a great way to start the day, feeling fresh and energised”.

“It’s a great social and independent activity.” he said.

“For a parent not having to battle through the traffic or find a carpark”.National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel and the peak of the Ride2School program which works to help children get their 60 minutes of daily exercise by riding a bike to school.Students are encouraged to ride, scoot, skate or walk to school.Bicycle Network general manager of behaviour change, Leyla Asadi, said National Ride2School Day was a great time to discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

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