The Ride2School program has been working in schools for more than five years and has literally hundreds of successful ‘recipes’ to help school communities get more kids riding more often.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
The Ride2School program has been working in schools for more than five years and has literally hundreds of successful ‘recipes’ to help school communities get more students riding more often.
When Ballarat North Primary School joined the Ride2School Program in July 2007, only 11 percent of students walked or rode to school. Back then the road to getting more children riding to school looked pretty steep. Not any more!
Today the school has seen the number of students travelling actively rise to as high as 80 percent through its commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and implementing the combination of Ride2School program elements that were right for them.
During its first two years in the Ride2School program, teachers and students built a bike shed, introduced Bike Education and focussed on incorporating the program into their school culture.
Ballarat North Principal, Lyn Gordon says: “the Ride2School program complements our school beliefs and what we actively promote in the way of living a healthy lifestyle to our students.”
The school regularly records its active travel rates in the Ride2School program’s HandsUp! database so they can map their progress. Lyn says wherever possible the school aligns the monthly “Hands Up! Day” with key events including National Ride2School Day and Walktober Walk to School Day.
Hands Up! results are also announced publicly through the school newsletter or at school assemblies. Lyn says making the results public is a tangible and positive way to promote the program to students, teachers and, importantly, parents.
Ballarat North Primary School believes the Ride2School Program fits perfectly with its philosophy of nurturing active and healthy bodies and minds.