Walking, Wheeling Wednesdays has kicked off at three local schools, helping to keep kids active, while reducing traffic congestion.
To encourage families to join the initiative, which promotes walking and riding to school, Noosa Council offered free Cycle and Scooter Skills Training to students from Prep to Year 6 at participating schools.
“As well as being a great way to beat the traffic and ensure the kids are getting some exercise, Walking, Wheeling Wednesdays give families an opportunity to spend a little extra time together,” Council’s Transport Project Officer Joanna Ferris said.
Maps with suggested routes and meeting points were sent home to every family at Tewantin, Noosaville and Sunshine Beach State schools, and so far the response has been positive.
At Noosaville State School, Deputy Principal Alasdair Scott is joining parents and students on foot.
“Parents and carers taking part in Walking, Wheeling Wednesdays park their cars 500m to 1km away from school and walk, ride a bike or hop on a scooter for the last part of the journey,” Ms Ferris said.
“It reduces the number of cars around the school, and it’s a fun and healthy way to start the day.
“Walking or cycling even one day a week can make a real difference.”