Gippsland students ride safe in Bike Ed Challenge Regional Final
Students from Heyfield Primary School are among the safest cyclists in Gippsland after coming second in the Bike Ed Challenge Regional Final.
They were just beaten out by Cowes Primary School.
Eleven schools from across Gippsland took part in the competition at the Morwell Traffic School after making it through the municipal bike education rounds earlier in the year.
Students completed a range of skill activities in a setting which replicates a real road environment. They were required to ride in specific patterns, through obstacle courses and in road simulation tasks to demonstrate how to obey road signs and correctly negotiate traffic lights.
VicRoads Community Road Safety Advisor Alana Riess said it was encouraging to see so many students demonstrating highly developed bike skills.
“This challenge is all about road safety education,” Ms Riess said.
“Bike Ed provides students all over Gippsland with a fun and safe environment to learn the road rules, develop their riding skills and practice in a road environment.
“This practical experience and the shaping of positive attitudes towards road safety gives these students the foundation they need to become safe and responsible road users in the future.”
Cowes Primary School took home the John Hehir Memorial Shield. John Hehir was instrumental in the re-development of the Traffic School and coordinated the regional bike ed challenges for many years.
The event was supported by VicRoads, Wonthaggi Wheel Heat, Gippsland RoadSafe, Victoria Police, Latrobe City and the local Lions Club, who served lunch.