Ride2School day raises awareness of young road users
Image: Students from Hillcrest Primary School in Bayswater prepare for Ride2School Day 2020
The Road Safety Commission has urged all WA road users to be extra vigilant on the roads tomorrow, as thousands of school students take part in the annual National Ride2School Day.
National Ride2School Day, a nation-wide program delivered by the Bicycle Network, aims to promote road safety among young West Australians as well as assist schools to encourage students to be physically active on their way to and from school.
This could include cycling, skating, walking or scooting.
This week, WA Police Force has reported injuries to two school aged children hit by vehicles while walking or riding on Perth roads - one of those was injured in a school zone.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Roger Farley urged all motorists and other road users to take extra care.
"Children can be unpredictable in the road environment," said Mr Farley.
"I ask all road users to be extra vigilant for our youngest road users on your local roads where children ride and walk, in school zones particularly at drop off and pick up times and areas where students might be crossing roads this Friday.
“Ride2School Day is a great initiative, not only to encourage children to be more active, but it’s a vehicle for students to become more aware of their surroundings and the road environment in general.
"The more aware the kids are, the better prepared they’ll be to deal with any potential road safety issues or hazards that may arise."