National Ride2School Day – Friday 17 March 2017. 

Get moving to school this March. Ride2School is a nationwide initiative aimed at addressing physical inactivity in young Australians by empowering and enabling students to ride, walk, scooter or skate to school.

Council will support schools in Port Phillip to take part in the event by providing:

·        A dedicated project officer to work with your school – to assist with ideas and planning your event.

·        $200 rebate to schools to run your Ride2School event

·         a FREE bike and helmet to give away to one lucky student at each school – schools just need to enter 3 hands ups surveys (one before, on and after Ride2School day) to be eligible for this prize

·        funded bike education training to teachers.

·        Resources, other giveaways and templates to assist with the running a successful Ride2School event.

For more information and to sign up your school visit the official National Ride2School website. Alternatively, contact the City of Port Phillip directly via email schooltravel@portphillip.vic.gov.au or by calling 03 9209 6274.

 

Results from Ride2School Day 2016 - Record number of schools join!

Last year Council recruited 13 schools in the City of Port Phillip to take part in National Ride2School Day. We subsequently provided support to these schools by working closely with them and their champions.

Summary of key outcomes achieved:

·         City of Port Phillip won the award for the highest ranking Ride2School Day council for the 2016 initiative, and therefore has won the $10,000 prize which will be reinvested into the School Travel Program.

·         In addition, Port Phillip schools scooped the Ride2School prize pool by winning five out of six school awards on offer.

·         Our combined efforts saw 2,908 students participate which, on the day, reduced car travel from 40% to 18% of the student population.

·         Four schools have further committed to run ongoing programs that encourage walking, riding and the use of public transport.

·         Counts conducted after Ride2School Day, indicate car use has remained at a low of 30%. 

·         Active Travel Champion Network event prior to Ride2School Day, with a guest speaker from the Ride2School team at Bicycle Network. The focus was on networking, information sharing, planning for Ride2School Day and celebrating successes. The meeting was by all accounts a great success: participants found that the greatest benefits included the opportunity to share information with each other and show support and provide recognition to our on-the-ground champions.

Port Phillip’s Ride2School initiatives complement Council’s ongoing efforts to encourage people to get on their bikes, get healthy and reduce their impact on the environment. It also provides an important reminder that we can leave the car at home. This award is a fitting acknowledgement of Council's commitment to deliver on the Council Plan, in particular, to support the community and schools in travel planning for safe bike riding, and enhancing the quality and safety for bike riding and walking in the municipality.

The $10,000 prize money will be reinvested into the schools program in 2016 to further build capacity within the schools to foster a walking and bike riding culture.

Congratulations and helmets off to our growing list of young, healthy and active travellers.

 

St Kilda Primary School kids preparing for R2S day!