Model – Ride2School
The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #68, 15 July 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport. This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.
Ride2School â€“ The Time is Now
â€œRiding and walking to school is an idea whose time has come. Schools promote it, parents support it and students love it. Ride2School builds on this momentum to get more young people walking and riding more often. Australian children lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles. How they get to school provides a good example.
â€œIn the 1970s and 80s around 80% of children walked and rode to school. Today the state average is 20% of children who get themselves to school. Participating schools in the Ride2School program are averaging 45% of their students walking and riding. More and more schools are becoming involved â€“ 41% of Victorian schools are registered with Ride2School. There are so many benefits to walking and riding to school â€“ its good for students health, good for the environment and good for the family budget too. Local governments find Ride2School a successful strategy in reducing traffic congestion around schools and throughout the morning peak. Check out the Ride2School â€˜Nifty Numbers for the program, and help to make walking and riding to school normal for this generation, and the ones to come.â€
Thanks to Meeghan Auhl, Bicycle Victoria, for this item