MORE than a dozen schools across the south-west will test their pedal power for National Ride2School day on Friday.
The annual event run by Bicycle Network Victoria encourages school students to get active on their way to school.
Students from Warrnambool, Cudgee, Cobden, Mortlake and Port Fairy will join more than 2000 schools across Australia in riding, walking, skating or scooting to school.
Organisers said the event was aimed at highlighting the need to improve physical activity among young people.
Bicycle Network spokeswoman Anthea Hargreaves said National Ride2School Day highlighted to children, parents and entire school communities that riding to school was healthy, fun and could also improve classroom performance.
“Children need 60 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy and the easiest way to do this is by simply subbing out time spent sitting in the car or bus with a bike ride to school,” she said.