Published on: 23 May 2014

An overcast sky and threat of rain did not deter more than 300 Preparatory and Senior School boys, who rode their bikes to school on Tuesday as part of the School’s second Ride to School Day.

The initiative, introduced last year to promote health and fitness while helping to ease traffic congestion around the School, was co-ordinated by the Physical Education Department.

Head of Health and Physical Education Luke Farmer said any boy who rode their bike was permitted to wear their PE gear for the day, enjoy a free lunch and go into the draw to win a bike or helmet. Mr Farmer said the School had also been rewarding boys who rode to school regularly in the lead up to the day, including tickets in the draw as well as spot prizes.

On Tuesday morning, Prep boys were invited to meet staff members at College Park at 8.00am where they rode to school en masse and learnt some basic road safety guidelines.

“We hope the day encourages more boys to ditch the car ride and use pedal power to get to and from school,” Mr Farmer said. “We’ll continue to give away spot prizes to boys on bikes.”

The Physical Education Department hopes to run another Ride to School Day in Term 4.