Supporting kids to get peddling

Stonnington’s Active Travel Program is supporting local schools to participate in National Ride to School Day on Friday 24 March, with officers working with local schools to deliver bike servicing, education and Dr Cranky’s ‘bike hospital’.

Dr. Cranky’s will visit Toorak, Armadale and Windsor Primary schools to service bikes with the kids, so they learn skills to keep their bikes in good working order.

Dr Cranky’s also donates second-hand bikes, new helmets and new locks to kids and families who need them and, last Tuesday, visited Toorak Primary where they serviced 15 bikes and donated three bikes to students and a parent.

They will return to Toorak Primary for a second visit with more bikes, helmets and locks for others who requested them. Through their work Dr. Cranky’s aims to instil an empowered, no-fuss bike culture to get more kids riding to school.

Cycling Unlimited is running bike education sessions for Years 2 to 6 at St Mary’s and Lloyd Street Primary schools and, earlier this week, repaired and serviced more than 40 bikes and ran three bike education sessions to 50+ St Mary’s Primary students.

And, on Ride2School Day, Pedal Power Garage will be servicing bikes at Malvern Valley Primary.

To encourage more schools to get involved we are giving participating schools gift vouchers to hand out as prizes to students on Ride2School day. The vouchers are for Melbourne Cycle Centre in Prahran and CycleInn in Malvern.

These programs support sustained engagement with our local primary schools, and deliver on priorities to increase active travel to school.

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