National Ride2School Day: Bike Riding Safety Rules for Kids


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Did you know that in the 1970s, 80% of students rode a bike or walked to school? Today, that figure has plummeted to just 20%. However, National Ride2School Day, happening on Friday, 22 March 2024, aims to reverse this trend by promoting bike riding safety rules and encouraging students across Western Australia to embrace a more active journey to school. We here at Constable Care are proud to champion this cause, inviting you to join us in making a significant shift towards healthier, more active lifestyles for our children.

Overview of National Ride2School Day in Western Australia

National Ride2School Day is a key event in Western Australia, aiming to boost the number of school-aged children getting to school by bike, foot, scooter, or skateboard. This initiative, led by Bicycle Network, places a strong focus on cycling safety and seeks to remind communities of the health, environmental, and social benefits of active travel. In an age where sedentary lifestyles are becoming more common, National Ride2School Day serves as an important reminder of the joy and independence that come with more active travel. It’s a day for schools, parents, and kids to come together, celebrate these benefits, and encourage a shift towards more lively daily routines.

Why Bike Safety is Important for Kids

The importance of bike safety for kids cannot be overstated. As the streets become busier and distractions more prevalent, ensuring that young cyclists are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe is crucial. Proper safety measures significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, instilling confidence in both children and their parents. Moreover, a solid foundation in bike safety can foster a lifelong cycling culture, promoting not only individual health but also contributing to the reduction of traffic congestion and environmental pollution. It’s about creating a safer community for everyone and ensuring that the journey to and from school is as safe as it is enjoyable.

Essential Bike Riding Safety Rules for Kids

Teaching kids the essential rules of bike safety is a fundamental step in encouraging their independence while ensuring their wellbeing. Key safety practices include:

  • Helmet Usage: Wearing a helmet should be non-negotiable for every ride. A helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injuries and protects one of the most vital parts of the body.
  • Bike Maintenance: Regular checks and maintenance ensure that the bike is in safe working order. This includes checking brakes, tyres, and lights to make sure everything functions correctly.
  • Adherence to Traffic Laws: Understanding and following road rules, such as signalling turns, stopping at lights, and using bike lanes where available, are critical for safety. It teaches young riders to be predictable and respectful road users.
  • Visibility: Encouraging kids to wear bright clothing and use lights on their bikes can help make them more visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions.

Tips for Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians are vital in ensuring the road safety of their children. Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Lead by Example: Show your children how to ride safely. Use helmets, follow road rules, and demonstrate defensive cycling practices.
  • Safety Gear: Invest in quality safety gear for your children, including helmets, knee pads, and reflective clothing.
  • Route Planning: Help your child find the safest route to school. Practice this route together until they feel confident.
  • Maintenance Checks: Regularly check the condition of your child’s bike, ensuring brakes, tyres, and lights are in working order.
  • Education: Teach your children about road safety, the importance of being visible to drivers, and how to signal turns.

Tools and Accessories for Enhanced Safety

Equipping young cyclists with the right tools and accessories can greatly increase their safety. Essential items include:

  • Helmets: A must-have for head protection; ensure it fits snugly and is properly certified.
  • Reflective Clothing/Vests: Makes cyclists more visible to motorists, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Lights and Reflectors: Front and rear lights, along with wheel and pedal reflectors, are crucial for early mornings or late afternoons.
  • Bells or Horns: Useful for signaling presence to pedestrians and other road users.
  • Mirrors: Helps cyclists stay aware of their surroundings without constantly turning their heads.

Organising a Ride2School Day Event

Planning a Ride2School Day event is an exciting way for schools to encourage healthy habits and safety awareness among students. However, it does require detailed organisation. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure your event goes off without a hitch and remains safe for everyone involved:

  • Early Planning: Start organising months in advance. Coordinate with local authorities and the Bicycle Network for support.
  • Safety Workshops: Before the event, hold workshops for students and parents on bike safety, route planning, and maintenance.
  • Volunteer Marshals: Recruit volunteers to act as marshals along the route, ensuring children’s safety and guiding them.
  • Promotion: Use school newsletters, community boards, and social media to promote the event and encourage participation.
  • On the Day: Ensure all participants have proper safety gear. Have a check-in and check-out system for participants.


The bottom line is that bike safety education and community involvement are crucial for making cycling a safe, enjoyable option for students in Western Australia. By working together, parents, schools, and local communities can create a supportive environment that encourages more children to ride their bikes, thus benefiting their health, well-being, and the environment. 

So, let’s gear up for change! Mark your calendars for National Ride2School Day on 22 March 2024, and join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of our young cyclists. Together, we can steer towards a future where every child enjoys the freedom and health benefits of cycling safely to school.

Further Resources

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation

Bicycle Network

Department of Transport – Cycling