Way 2 Go – Vineyard Lutheran School
On Friday 30th of June the students, staff and families at Vineyard Lutheran School were excited to declare their new Bike shelter officially open. The Hon Geoff Brock MP for Frome and Mrs Sue McMillan (Dept of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure) took part in the official ribbon cutting, at a special community assembly.
Built with a grant they received from the Way2Go initiative, the new shelter provides weather proof and visible parking for both bikes and scooters. In t…he past, students and staff have had to park their bikes and scooters near the back of the stadium and it is hoped that the closer, more secure,. Easy access parking encourages more students to seek active travel options to school. Vineyard is located in an ideal location, alongside the Riesling Trail, which offers a safe way to ride, walk or scooter their way to and from school each day.
Principal Michelle Keller says that the school is promoting active travel in a number of ways with the new Bike shelter being just the first step. The Year 4-7 students have recently taken part in the Bike Education programme (also offered by the Way2Go initiative), and the community Brekky Bikes and Bein’ Safe rides to school each term with a large percentage of their students and staff taking part. Generally on the community bike ride days, our school has held its own Bike riding event on that day to maximise the riding opportunities for the students. Mrs Keller says “A number of our students live out of the town, and by continuing the riding throughout the day, we encourage active travel and promote the use of the Riesling trail both for school transport and family weekend activities “. Lunchtime walks, class excursions and fitness lessons also utilise the trail as a safe travel option and promote exercise and activity.
The new shelter has received a great reception from the students and already the numbers of riders has doubled, despite the cold weather. It is hoped that the new bike racks will soon be filled so that even more racks can be purchased and installed in the shelter.
Vineyard Lutheran School gratefully acknowledges the significant support from the Government’s Way2Go initiative and look forward to continuing the partnership with this project well in the future.