Ride to School – Healthy Habits established early
Cycling has always been a popular choice of transport amongst youth, but in recent years there has been a decrease in student's interest.
Cycling has always been a popular choice of transport amongst youth, but in recent years there has been a significant decrease in children riding to school. Wagga Wagga Christian College is keen to reinvigorate student’s interest and ability to ride to and from school. On Monday 17 September the College is holding a Ride to School Day where students are being encouraged to ride, scooter or walk to school. The event has the support of NSW Bike Week (Roads and Maritime Services) and Wagga Wagga City Council, with both organisations enabling the College to promote safe riding practices. Hugh MacCallum, Principal at Wagga Wagga Christian College, " Cycling to school is a transport option that we would love to have open to all our students. The College is extremely excited and supportive of the government led initiative to establish safe commuter paths across the city. The College Ride to School Day gives students the opportunity to give cycling to school a go in supportive groups. Exercise first thing in the morning is invigorating for our minds, giving them a kick start to the day. I’ve had the privilege of riding to school for over 4 decades – and I still love it and enjoy the benefits of it.” Cycling is encouraged at Wagga Wagga Christian College with many initiatives and opportunities available to students – from weekly mountain biking rides, inter school competitions, and triathlons. Calvin Combs, College Captain and leader of the Cycling Student Leadership Group, is excited that the Ride to School Day is imminent, “I would love to see more students riding to school. Cycling enables you to spend time with your friends and gain some independence, while helping you get fit.” Ride to School Day is being supported by Inspire Church, who are providing breakfast for riders on arrival to the College and Kidsons Cycles who are undertaking a maintenance workshop for students at lunchtime.