National Ride2School Day
National Ride2School Day on Friday March 17 saw thousands of students riding, scooting, skating and walking to school as part of this active travel program. Fifty-three Queensland schools took part, including schools in Julia Creek and the Torres Strait. Closer to home, BQ attended Virginia State School, Elimbah State School and Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School to assist with Ride2School activities.
BQ CEO Ben Wilson says programs like Ride2School which encourage active travel options are vitally important. “For Queensland to go forward as a healthy state, we have to support all schools to become active travel supporters with far higher active travel rates,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson noted that active travel rates have plummeted in recent times with just 20% of students actively travelling to school, compared to 80% in the 1970s.
“Great strides towards reversing this trend have been made through local council active school travel programs and National Ride2School Day. Some schools have turned the clock right back and are now achieving 80% active travel rates again, which is a fantastic win for our community and the economy,” Mr Wilson said.