Cycling advocates encourage students to Ride2School

Scotch College students Finn Harold and Chase Fenton are ready for Ride2School Day
Scotch College students Finn Harold and Chase Fenton are ready for Ride2School Day

THE western suburbs cycling lobby wants parents and children to get on their bikes or walk to support Ride2School Day tomorrow.

“Councils in the western suburbs are actively improving paths, creating shared paths, adding cross walks and encouraging physical activity, but need the community to show that they are using these amenities so that there is momentum to accelerate spending,” Perth2Port Bike and Walk group co-convenor Kate Main said.

Ms Main said parents should get their children to ride to school by walking some of the distance when they are young, and extending that each year so they can achieve independence and eventually use a bike.

“If you are driving on the 22nd please have an extra look out for children,” she said.

The group comprising Claremont, Cottesloe, Nedlands, Mosman Park and Fremantle councillors was set up to develop cycling routes from UWA to Fremantle.

It has argued for the safe active street in Nedlands linking Claremont to the university, the principal shared path now being built through Cottesloe, a bike plan for the Town of Cambridge, a shared path in Graylands Road, Claremont and the new crosswalks at Freshwater Bay Primary School.