Active kids who ride feel energised and ready to learn

SCHOOL communities in the Fraser Coast are being urged to ride, walk, scoot and skate to school as part of Bicycle Network's ninth National Ride2School Day.

On Friday, March 13, thousands of Australian students, parents and staff will leave the car at home and join in the fun by actively travelling to school.

Bicycle Network's general manager of behaviour change, Gemma McCrohan, said encouraging students to ride to school boosts independence and is a crucial part of their development.

"Students who ride to school arrive energised, alert and more ready to learn," Ms McCrohan said.

National Ride2School Day is the flagship event of Bicycle Network's Ride2School program which works with more than 2000 schools throughout the year to help develop a healthy, active travel culture.

Ms McCrohan encouraged Australian schools to join in the fun and embrace a healthier lifestyle as students involved in the Ride2School program were more likely to benefit from being active.

"Schools registered in the Ride2School program have more than double the national average of students riding or walking to school," Ms McCrohan said.

For more information about the Ride2School program, visit ride2school.com.au.