On Monday 29 July 2013, Ripponlea Primary will be officially presented with 20 new bike parking spaces as part of the Ride2School Barrier Buster program, a joint initiative between the Victorian Government and Bicycle Network’s Ride2School Program aimed at encouraging more students to be physically active by riding, walking, skating or scooting to school each day.
The new parking rails will increase secure capacity for Ripponlea Primary students to lock their bikes at school and make more efficient use of their bike shed to increase capacity for bikes at school.
David Southwick, Member for Caulfield, applauds students at Ripponlea on their success.
“Congratulations to the students at Ripponlea Primary. I am delighted to recognise their efforts in partaking in and promoting active travel and their drive in developing themselves for the future,” Mr Caulfield said.
Research shows that across Australia the number of children walking or riding to school has dropped sharply since the 1970’s, while at the same time childhood obesity rates are increasing.
“Studies show that kids who are involved in sport and recreation at a young age are more likely to continue physical activity well into their adult years.
“I am confident the addition of secure bike parking and training for teachers to start an ongoing Bike Education skills course at school will help the Ripponlea community build new skills and healthy active habits for the future.”
Sue Newton, Ripponlea Primary Principal welcomes the reward and commends the staff and students involved in the Ride2School program.
“We are proud to be an active travel school and will make the most of the bike parking and bike education training. We appreciate receiving recognition for our efforts and on behalf of the school I would like to thank the Victorian Government and Bicycle Network’s Ride2School Program for our award.” said Ms Newton
Bicycle Network General Manager of Behaviour Change, Tess Allaway said Ripponlea Primary has ‘walked the walk’ by encouraging a school culture that fosters physical activity, particularly on the journey to and from school.
“Ripponlea Primary is an excellent example of how to utilise our Ride2School Program to assist students in the most meaningful way,” said Miss Allaway.
“We know that childhood is the critical window for creating lifelong active habits and building resilience. Ripponlea Primary is getting its students off on the right foot and we are proud to see them excel in our Ride2School Program.”