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Ride or Walk to School

The Ride or Walk to School program is designed to drive culture change within the school community to once again, make riding and walking to school the norm for our kids.

Benefits of Riding or Walking to School

Health Benefits

Cycling or walking are simple ways for children to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives. Children and young people need to participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Educational Benefits

Children who ride or walk to school are more likely to arrive at school alert and ready to learn

Environmental Benefits

Riding and walking to school provides the environmental benefits to the broader community through:

  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Reducing noise and air pollution
  • Reducing greenhouse emissions
  • Creating safer environments with less cars around schools

Social Benefits

Supervised riding or walking to school in early primary school years can develop the confidence and skills to independently travel in higher primary years. Children can also interact with other students walking or riding the same way home.

What is the Ride or Walk to School Program?

The Ride or Walk to School (RWTS) program helps children in Canberra schools to develop skills, confidence and healthy habits for life.

This is a free curriculum aligned program, which is designed to drive culture change within the school community through riding and walking to school.

The program includes:

  • Free access to a set of hire bikes for 5 weeks
  • Free access to the Australian Curriculum aligned online Safe Cycle classroom program for students to learn about bike safety and skills
  • TQI Accredited Professional Learning workshops or online training
  • Resources and support to run four active travel events in your school each year
  • Personalised maps to show the best route to your school
  • Support from a dedicated program manager.

It is easy to sign up! All you need to get started is approval from your school’s Principal and by nominating a teacher coordinator at your school.

So what are you waiting for? EMAIL to book a quick 10-minute information session at your school.

An evaluation report on the Ride or Walk To School program can be found here.



National Ride2School Day

Friday 13 March 2020


Walk Safely to School Day

Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19


Winter Walk to School Week

Monday 10 August – Friday 14 August 2020


Ride Safely to School Week

Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2020

Personalised Maps

Map Snip

Schools who are engaged in the program receive a tailored digital walking and riding map showing safe routes and part-way drop-off points.


Find your school’s map here.