Kids take different route to school
YEAR 2 students Isaac Donald and Jacob Hey were among scores of Ipswich East State School students who switched to alternative transport yesterday.
A whopping 131 students - about a third of the school population - supported National Ride2School Day by riding, scooting or walking to school.
Isaac said the day had given him a chance to get back on his bike.
"I haven't ridden my bike in ages, but it was a good trip to school today," he said.
"This bike is old so I hope I win the Prep to Year 2 prize bike."
Teacher Nicole Wheatley said the school had organised prizes to complement the event.
"Students who ride or scooter to school could win one of six helmets, and kids who walk could win a scooter," Ms Wheatley said.
"We also have a competition with some brand-new bikes up for grabs, so the kids are excited."
Ms Wheatley said the school used the day as part of a wider TravelSmart program aimed at reducing traffic in the school zone and environmental pollution.