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Way2Go Bike Ed registrations open

22 August 2016

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has opened registration for the 2017 round of Way2Go Bike Ed. for primary schools.

The state-wide program, which is part of the broader Way2Go program, provides bicycle education for students aged 9-13 years (Years 4-7) and develops their confidence and competence as safe bike riders for travel to and from school.

In 2015 6000 students across the state took part in Way2Go Bike Ed. This year 7000 students from 81 metropolitan and regional schools will participate.

The program is on track to double the number of participating students from 4000 in 2014 to more than 8000 by June 2018.

As up to 80% of primary school students who live within 2km of the school they attend are driven to school the program encourages them to ride their bike to school.

Participating students gain an understanding of road and traffic environments and relevant road laws, develop physical skills and learn responsible behaviours and decision-making skills for the safe use of bikes on and off the road.

The program is tailored to individual schools and is inclusive of the range of students’ experience, skills and abilities.

Earlier this year at Monash Primary School in the Riverland a student with a vision impairment was able to take part in the program after the school sourced a tandem bike.

Teacher Jimmy Vlassopoulos said the student was able to participate with the class and experience a different physical activity.

"She had an opportunity to fit a helmet and enjoy the experience of riding a two-wheeled bike," he said.

"Other students thought the tandem bike was really cool and were excited about her being able to join in."

Registrations from schools close Monday 19 September and more information on the program can be found at http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go/bike_ed.