Saddling up to inspire a next generation of bikers
IN NOOSA the family that rides to school together is part of the natural cycle of living in the Biosphere.
And for Tracey and Justin Wyatt, owners of local business Bike On, riding next Wednesday, March 19 as part of National Ride2School Day with sons Finn and Luca, is an everyday fit.
Tracey said for the Wyatts it's "a normal part of daily life" but "many Sunshine Coast families need some support and encouragement from events like this one".
"Participating in a Ride2School Day is about making active travel a normal part of the school day," Tracey said.
She said there would be many benefits to riding a bike to school such as:
reducing traffic around the school, making the school trip faster
students arrive at school alert and are more attentive in class
developing important life skills, in addition to increasing confidence.
Finn , 5, started Prep at Sunshine Beach State School earlier this year and rides his bike the 6km return journey a few times each week with his family.
Luca, 3, is a regular rider on his parents' Tagalong bike.
"Noosa is fortunate to have a large network of cycle paths leading direct to its local schools. Most schools encourage riding and have bike racks located in prominent places within the school gates."
She said students can register by going to http://www.sunshinecoast.qld. gov.au prior to the day to be eligible to win: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $200 and 3rd prize $100 (all prizes are vouchers at a bike shop of your choice).