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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 March 2011) . . Page.. 545 ..


to the area in which they live. It used to be how many of us got to work. I used to ride my bike to school when I was a kid.

I would encourage all our ACT kids, as well as their parents, to get involved. The day involves primary schools and secondary schools. There are a lot of resources available to help make the day more energetic and fun. They have a website, www.ride2school.com.au—it has got a number “2”, not a word “to”—and that provides all the information. The idea behind this is to make it that it is not just a day, it becomes the whole year—that every school day kids are riding to school.

It is a trend that we need to invigorate—walking and riding to school. Since the 1980s there has apparently been an 80 per cent reduction in the proportion of kids cycling to and from school at least once a week. Traffic and safety have been identified as the two major reasons for this decline. These are issues which I have raised in the Assembly before. (Time expired.)

The Assembly adjourned at 4.55 pm.


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