Farrer Primary getting on their bikes!

Released 02/11/2015

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shane Rattenbury, was shown a thing or two today about bike maintenance, riding and safety by the children of Farrer Primary School as part of the launch of Ride Safely to School Week.

“Farrer Primary is one of more than 50 schools across Canberra engaged in the Ride or Walk to School Program funded by the ACT Government and delivered through the Physical Activity Foundation,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“This initiative teaches children about their bikes and the basic skills of riding with safety and confidence.  With greater understanding and confidence, students are more inclined to make an active travel choice in finding their way to school, and through this, establish positive habits for a lifetime.

“Today, I have seen the benefits of this program for the children at Farrer Primary, from their Helmet Check and ABC Tight Bike Checklist, through to the way in which they so capably negotiated the skills course.

“Ride Safely to School week presents a wonderful opportunity to focus on choosing an active transport option to beat the bell, showing how a short ride or walk can be easily achieved and help in adding a little more physical activity into our day. 

“The ACT Government is pleased to partner with the Physical Activity Foundation to deliver the Ride or Walk to School Program.  This is a Government that wants to make the decision for active transport easier, through investment in cycling and walking infrastructure that is safe, well lit and sign-posted, while offering direct routes that integrate with public transport options.

“I congratulate all at Farrer Primary and the 51 other schools engaged in the Program, hoping that this week like never before we see more children across Canberra choosing an active and safe option of getting to and from school,” Mr Rattenbury concluded.

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