ANYA Cook and Bayley McGowan know the benefits of riding to school.
The St Joseph’s Primary School pupils ride and skate to school whenever they can.
Yesterday Anya, 12, and Bayley, 11, helped promote Warrnambool City Council’s Healthy Moves program, which encourages children to be active, healthy and involved in the community.
“It’s fun to walk to school and meet up with your friends,” Bayley said.
“A lot of the time it’s quicker than the car and being in traffic.”
Nine primary schools in Warrnambool are part of the program, which also encourages drivers to avoid routes to schools.
Council’s Healthy Moves officer Nicole Wood said drivers from Ryan’s trucks agreed to avoid school routes at peak times.
“We want people to take the time and slow down,” she said.
The program also co-incides with Warrnambool Walk to School Day today and VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign throughout October.
A total of 11,425 students from 55 schools took part across the state.