Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Pedal Ready and Movin’March staff joined teachers and parents of students from South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS) in an inaugural “Movin’March bike to school day”.
This was the first time a school’s Movin’March event worked closely with the skills of Pedal Ready instructors to supervise a morning bike-train commute to these students’ local school. The route started at the Island Bay Parade cycle lane, paused at Wakefield Park and then continued through Berhampore and into the school grounds.
Pedal Ready Instructor Lead Patrick Morgan said the ride had a very positive vibe, with riders wishing waiting bus passengers a good morning as they passed and drivers being courteous and giving children extra space when passing.
“The students’ skill levels were impressive. It was good to go in a group and reinforce safe riding habits but also to enjoy the morning together and show that this is a great way to get to school”.
The morning finished in the playground with Movin’March rewards for the students along with a delicious breakfast courtesy of the school.
Aloma Barry, Assistant Principal at SWIS said “despite all the uncertainty around school events at this time, it was great decision to go ahead as normal. We’ve got our Fiafia Friday event at the end of this week for our walking scooting kids and I think it’s important more than ever to keep our community connections going. We’re really grateful to the students and parents who came along to support us.”