Pupils parade their pedal power

MORE than 150 students from Bowen Road Primary School took to the streets to ride, skate or walk as part of Ride2School Day on Friday 4 March.

The Moonah-based primary school joined 350,000 students, parents and teachers from 2,100 schools around Australia to take part in the national event run by the Bicycle Network.

“Our main aim is to get many more students to choose a more active way to come to school, as most children live within easy riding or walking distance,” Bowen Road Primary School assistant principal Barbara Dwyer said.

“It was a fabulous day for our students and also for the two mothers who got out onto their bikes and rode with their children.

“We hope that this interest in being active in getting to and from school continues.”

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer was also in attendance, hanging up her heels to join in on the walk.

Ms Archer was also present at the school crossing to greet students as they entered the school grounds, sharing with them some water and fresh fruit.

“Well done to everyone who started their day with a ride, walk or scoot,” Ms Archer said.

“It is great to see young people making healthy and active lifestyle choices.”

Bowen Road Primary School student Toby Longman, grade four, said he thought the event was “awesome”.

“I especially liked being able to ride our bikes around the netball and basketball courts at lunchtime,” he said.

“I hope we can do this again soon.”

Ms Dwyer said the school would continue to work with the Bicycle Network and the Glenorchy City Council to set up specially designated safe bike routes to school.

“These should be up and running by the end of the second term,” she said.

Caption: The Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer pictured with Bowen Road Primary School students Memphis Stacey and Toby Longman, who participated in national Ride2School Day.

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