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Local students on their bikes for Ride2School Day

Kids on tandem bike

Castlemaine Primary School students had a great time trying out bikes of all kinds on National Ride2School Day.

Monday 26 March 2018

Local school students celebrated National Ride2School Day with a free breakfast and cycle based entertainment at Castlemaine Primary School on Friday.

CycleSafe Mt Alexander and Castlemaine Primary School hosted the breakfast to encourage children to ride, walk, scoot or skate to school!

“Ride2School Day is a great way for our students to celebrate the joy of using active transport to get to and from school,” said Mr Peter McConnell, Principal Castlemaine Primary School.

“We hope that students and their families continue to ride, walk or scoot to school to build healthy habits for life,” he said.

Students revelled in bike games led by Paddy Toasty and cycling antics from local entertainer Mark Penzak. Children had lots of fun decorating their choice of wheels, and enjoyed cycle powered orange juice and a healthy free breakfast.

To help everyone to get involved CycleSafe organised a supervised ride from Wesley Hill to Castlemaine Primary School along the Forest Creek Trail.

“Our aim is to promote and support safe cycling in Mount Alexander Shire,” said Greg Waddell from CycleSafe Mt Alexander.

“More than 100 cyclists attended the breakfast and about 25 rode on our organised ride along the trail. We’re hoping this is the beginning of a behavioural change, and that more students and parents will continue to cycle,” he said.

“Walking and cycling are good for our health and the environment. It was great to see so many kids, parents and teachers get involved. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out or supervised at road crossings, the sponsorship from local businesses and to Council for their support,” he said.

Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin said council was proud to support the initiative.

“The Ride2School breakfast and bike ride were great ways to get kids active while having fun. Thanks to CycleSafe and Castlemaine Primary School for organising a great day.”

CycleSafe is about moving everyday people, every day, as safely, enjoyably and sustainably as possible. For more information visit cyclesafesite.wordpress.com.

Image: Students have fun riding a large tandem bike with Paddy Toasty.

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