Students riding high


Terry Healy with  students Tenuun Sanjaadort, Allyson Murray, Ashleigh Saringer, Alifia Hasan, Nikkiesha Forster and Lily Jamieson on some of the bikes. Picture: Jon Hewson         d447538
Terry Healy with students Tenuun Sanjaadort, Allyson Murray, Ashleigh Saringer, Alifia Hasan, Nikkiesha Forster and Lily Jamieson on some of the bikes. Picture: Jon Hewson        d447538

The school got the bikes through the Happiness Cycle which helps distributes bikes to schools linked with the program.

Students from years 8, 9 and 10 received the free bikes, helmets, lights and safety lesson as part of the program.

The students had to submit an application on why they should receive the free bikes.

College Beacon co-ordinator Terry Healy said the students had to be attending school, wearing uniform and generally trying their best to qualify for the free bikes.

He said some of the students could not believe they were getting free bikes.

“Parents actually rang the school and couldn’t believe the students were getting free bikes,” he said.

“It’s about promoting riding to school and an active and healthy lifestyle.”

The students got to go on an excursion to the Midland SpeedDome to pick them up and received bicycle safety tips.

Mr Healy, who is also a councillor at the City of Gosnells, said he was planning on getting more schools involved with the program in order to get more cycling programs in the City up and running.

“If we can get involved in the program, then they can link in with the City,” he said.

“We have some great bicycle programs at the city but we do lack the ability to run some of them because the students don’t have a lot of bikes.”