Active School Travel - Cycling

Taking part in Active School Travel (AST) by riding a bike to school is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into everyone’s day. It can also be faster and cheaper than driving. Why not ride a bike with your children to school and start the day feeling fantastic!

Remember, it is legal to ride on the footpath in Queensland. Make sure you always keep left and give way to pedestrians.

Bike skills sessions

We want more students to ride to school and we want them to have the skills, confidence and experience to ride safely. To prepare students to ride, the AST program offers participating schools a free 90 minute bike skills training program with a professional cycling coach. Bike skills training provides children with invaluable riding skills and lays the foundation for independent travel choices and fun family rides. These sessions are held on the school grounds for schools which are part of the AST program.  

Fun events

AST also promotes cycling with events like group rides and ‘Bling Your Bike’.

Council’s Cycling Brisbane program holds school holiday bike workshops for kids, including learn to ride. For more information on riding in Brisbane, visit Cycling Brisbane.

Meet Ryder

The Active School Travel character, Ryder loves the feel of the wind in his face when he's on his bike. Ryder knows when he's riding on the footpath he needs to give way to pedestrians and sound his bell. He always wears his helmet.

Ryder's top tips for travel

  • Always wear a helmet and make sure it's done up.
  • Check your brakes before you leave on your ride.
  • Make sure you have a bell on your bike and use it when coming up behind people.
  • Be extra careful in wet weather when the path might be slippery.
Last updated:13 May 2019