Students across the south-west jumped on their bikes to get to school on Friday

STUDENTS across the south-west jumped on their bikes to get to school on Friday as part of National Ride2School day.

East Warrnambool Primary School students joined in the fun, with 63 students cycling and 143 walking to class.

Teacher and healthy lifestyles co-ordinator Ally Merrett said it was a fantastic effort.

“It’s an easy way for students to get some exercise,” she said.

National Ride2School day provides a reminder to school communities to ditch the car and embrace a healthier start to the day.

The day is also a reminder for drivers to slow down and take extra care around schools.

Minister for Education James Merlino said happy, healthy students were better students. “Walking or riding to school is a great way for children to keep active,” he said.  “This initiative is also a good chance for parents to talk to their children about safely crossing the road and encouraging the basics of road safety.”

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