National Ride2School Day done… what next?
Every journey begins with a single step and if you’re looking for a great way to get more of your school’s students riding and walking more often throughout the entire school year, being part of National Ride2School Day was the ideal first step.
STEP 1 – AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION
This is the perfect way for many new riders to get a taste of just how easy and fun it can be to get to and from school by bike, scooter, skateboard or on foot. Even though National Ride2School Day is over for this year, you can host a Ride2School Day at any time. Some schools feel that holding a Ride2School Day once per year is not enough. We have heard of many schools that love Ride2School Days so much, they hold an event once per term!
STEP 2 – ANNUAL TO MONTHLY – JOIN THE RIDE2SCHOOL PROGRAM
Did you know that there is a year round Ride2School program? National Ride2School Day is just one event, but it is a great first start to joining thousands of schools around the country that are a part of the broader Ride2School program.
Click here to join the Ride2School program – It’s quick, easy and free!
STEP 3 – ANNUAL TO MONTHLY – ENTER HANDSUP! RESULTS
The schools that get the best out of the program enter HandsUp! results each month to track their performance.
HandsUp! is an active travel survey which helps the Ride2School team keep track of how each school is travelling and lets us tailor our strategies accordingly. Depending on the circumstances we also use HandsUp! data to lobby government to improve facilities – like paths, crossings and bike sheds – for riders and walkers.
STEP 4 – MONTHLY TO WEEKLY
Now you’ve got a monthly active travel habit established, the next challenge is to make it weekly. Simply choose one day of the week (Wednesday works for us but there’s no reason why it can’t be any day of the week) and make that the day when you encourage students to walk or wheel to school.
Guess what? If you’ve followed these four steps, you’ve established a culture of active travel at your school. You’ve no doubt found, like we have time and time again, that kids love to ride to school. It’s something they want to do. The good news is, it’s good for them.
Well done everyone!