Youngest cyclists learn how to share the road

25 August 2016

Share the road - that’s today’s theme for Queensland Road Safety Week, a Queensland Government initiative proudly supported by the City.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates met some of the city’s youngest cyclists today, who are learning how to do just that - share the road.

The bike education workshops are offered at the Ashmore Police Citizens Youth Centre to Year 4 students at participating schools as part of the City’s Active School Travel Program.

“Children are considered vulnerable road users due to their developing cognitive and perceptual abilities,” said Cr Gates.

“These workshops aim to give children early exposure to the road rules and equip them to travel in a safe, active and healthy way.

“Whether you are a cyclist, motorist, or both - we all need to share the roads. Nearly one third of all serious road trauma on the Gold Coast involves a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist, so it’s important we instil the safety messages in children from an early age.”

Active School Travel is a City of Gold Coast program that encourages children to commute to school through sustainable means of transport.

The students at today’s bike education workshop are from Pimpama State School. When it began participating in the Active School Travel program in 2015, 17 per cent of its students were commuting to school through sustainable means. On nominated active travel days, the proportion of students commuting sustainably has risen to approximately 49 per cent.

Pimpama State School Deputy Principal, Elizabeth Langford, said the program had become so popular that the City had installed two extra racks at the school to cater for the increase in bikes and scooters.

“The program continues to go from strength to strength with the support of the school community, staff and the City of Gold Coast,” she said.

There are 15 schools participating in the Active School Travel program.

For more information about Active School Travel, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/activeschooltravel

Queensland Road Safety Week is a Queensland Government initiative, delivered in partnership by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service. 

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