Drive to School Project Introduced for Grade 5 & 6 Students at Miranda North Public | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

The students of Miranda North Public School are given the last chance to carry out a project that encourages them to cycle to and from school.

An eight-week cycle of Cycle to School is included in the PDHPE classes for Years 5 and 6.

Designed to build trust and road safety awareness, the initiative was previously successfully piloted at Sutherland North Public School and Woolooware Public School in 2018, with more than 320 students enrolled.

Sutherland Shire Council and the NSW Department of Education are partners in the implementation of Cycle to School, which is run by professionals from a local cycling training company.

Mayor Carmelo Pesce said: “We hope to see positive results from this year’s project to demonstrate the benefits of implementing a continuing education cycling program in primary schools in Sutherland Shire.”

Students of Miranda North Public School

Ross Angus, director of Miranda North Public School, said the students would like to include more cycling opportunities in the school curriculum.

“This project has been a long time in the making for our school,” he said.

“It is also a sign that students have an influence on teaching and learning opportunities, as it was the students who initially showed their great interest in cycling.

“Of course there is the physical benefit to the students participating in the hands-on activities and riding to and from school, and we are excited to be able to further promote this health benefit and their cycling interests.”

Cr Pesce said the pilot project educated young people not only in road safety awareness and the health and environmental benefits of active transportation, but also to break the pattern of young people relying on parents to take them to school or social activities, across distances. that can be biked or walked.

“We are fortunate to live in a community that supports an active transportation infrastructure and is home to several shared trails that allow safe cycling,” he said.

“If students can cycle, have support from their parents or guardians and live at an appropriate distance from their school, we would like to encourage more young people to choose active transport.”

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