Wheely good fun on bike

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Come rain, hail or shine, Jialin Tan jumps on her bike each morning and carts her children Robbie and Nathan Mackay to Albany Primary School.

With National Ride2School Day tomorrow, students across Australia are being encouraged to cycle to school in an effort to raise awareness of declining physical activity among young people.

Ms Tan, a strong advocate for bicycle use, said there were a number of benefits associated with riding to school each day.

“It’s fun, you get to chat with your kids the whole time, the kids enjoy it,” she said.

“They get excited when we approach a crest because they know we’re going to whiz down.”

“I think it’s beneficial for them to have active transport from an early age and that walking and riding is the norm for them, instead of just driving.

“The other thing is parking.

“If you want to get a park here, you have to arrive at 2.30pm for a 3pm finish, so you’re just sitting here waiting.”

Ms Tan said there weren’t many circumstances that got in the way of their daily ride.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing,” she said.

APS students who ride to school will receive a piece of fruit, Mt Lockyer Primary School is offering free bike skills session, and Australian Christian College has organised a ride from Middleton Beach to school followed by a barbecue lunch at Emu Point.

Great Southern Grammar students are being encouraged to meet at Coraki Park before school for a group ride, while St Joseph’s is providing free bike checks.

For more information and to get involved, contact your school.

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