On Friday 22nd March, we were invited to go along to Crown Street Public School, to set-up a Scooter Safety demonstration and stand for National Ride2School Day.
The school was participating in a big way – they were encouraging all their students to ride, walk, scoot or skate to school that day. In addition their principal and teachers were leading a bike bus all the way down the Bourke Street Cycleway to the school, where they were greeted by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the City of Sydney bike team.
It was a fantastic day with lots of healthy, happy and active kids riding, scooting, skating and walking to school. By 9am, there were over 200 bikes and scooters in the playground, many of them decorated brilliantly in the theme of “green your machine”.
The results were impressive. 85% of students took active transport to school. 29% were on bikes and 30% were on scooters. Looking more closely at the results, it seems that the younger years were predominantly scooter riders – which just reinforces our key messages – teach kids good habits about safety and sustainable transport from an early age.
Some more photos can be viewed here: