Ac­tive cy­clists

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Davyd Reid

War­ragul Pri­mary School held one of the big­gest Ac­tive Path launches seen by Bi­cy­cle Net­work Vic­to­ria, with 84 per cent of stu­dents ac­tively trav­el­ing to school on Fri­day.

A to­tal of 128 stu­dents ac­tively trav­elled with 59 per cent walk­ing, 33 per cent rid­ing their bike and eight per cent skat­ing or scoot­ing.

War­ragul Pri­mary School had been awarded a $5000 grant from Bi­cy­cle Net­work Vic­to­ria’s Ride2S­chool pro­gram last year to de­tail four main path­ways into the school.

The path­ways not only pro­vide four ded­i­cated travel paths to the school for stu­dents but shows the wider com­mu­nity the school’s pas­sion in sup­port­ing its stu­dents to be health­ier and safer.

The path­ways are shown by de­cals on the routes and ac­tual sign­posts along Princes Way from Water­ford Rise.

The four ded­i­cated ac­tive path­ways are the Princes path (red) from Water­ford Rise, the Burke path (blue) from the Burke St net­ball courts, the Nor­manby path (green) and Sut­ton path (pink).

Ser­man Uluca of Bi­cy­cle Net­work Vic­to­ria joined stu­dents on their jour­ney along the Burke path.

He said it was one of the largest Ac­tive Path­way launches he had at­tended, with more than 50 stu­dents trav­el­ling along that path.

“Most of the paths are a 15 to 20-minute jour­neys, so tak­ing them to and from school will put you di­rectly half way to meet­ing your rec­om­mended daily ex­er­cise,” Mr Uluca told stu­dents.

“If you’re also run­ning around at lunchtime, that brings your hour up.”

Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power con­grat­u­lated the War­ragul Pri­mary School com­mu­nity for tak­ing ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age ex­er­cise.

Bi­cy­cle Net­work Vic­to­ria of­fer $5000 grants twice a year to sup­port more stu­dents rid­ing and ac­tively trav­el­ling to school.

Grants can be used for bike park­ing, Ride2S­chool Ac­tive Paths, a fleet of bikes for the school, fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to a new bike shed and much more.

War­ragul Pri­mary School stu­dent Jac­quin Richards won the prize of a bike for ac­tively trav­el­ling to school. She is pic­tured with, from left school prin­ci­pal Scott Clode, Bi­cy­cle Net­work Vic­to­ria rep­re­sen­ta­tives Emma Githus, Ke­ri­ann Mi­randa, Grace Van Der Merwe and Ser­man Uluca and Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power.

Nakita Mar­riott rides to school dur­ing the Ac­tive Path launch at War­ragul Pri­mary School.

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