Boyanup Community Unite for Ride to School Event

Published on Friday, 28 June 2024 at 2:52:11 PM

Combined community effort by Boyanup Primary School, Shire of Capel Rangers, Capel Police, Capel Men's Shed, and Boyanup Lions Association operated stations on bike maintenance, road rules, and safety tips for riding.

The infrastructure project and activation initiative were jointly funded by the State Government’s Bicycle Network Grant and the Shire of Capel.

Boyanup Primary School, in collaboration with the Shire of Capel, Capel Police, Capel Men's Shed, and Boyanup Lions Association, hosted a hugely successful 'Ride to School' event last month.

The 'Ride to School' event, a perfect fit for Boyanup Primary School's educational philosophy, featured four stations offering valuable lessons on bike maintenance, road rules, and safety tips for riding. Boyanup Primary School has approximately 120 students from kindergarten to year 6 and a team of 13 teachers, support, and administration staff, and provides students with diverse learning opportunities in indoor and outdoor settings.

The activation event formed part of the jointly funded project of the South-West Highway rail crossing upgrade which was identified through the Bicycle Network Program. A new crossing now connects two existing pathways, enhancing the town's infrastructure and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The 'Ride to School' event showcased the Shire's commitment as a partner of Act, Belong, Commit to actively promote active community living, connection and safety.

Comments attributed to Member for Collie-Preston Jodie Hanns MLA:
“Congratulations to the Shire of Capel and Boyanup Primary School for hosting the Ride to School Day event.
“The Ride to School Day initiative brought the whole community together with local police, Capel Men’s Shed, Boyanup Lions and Shire of Capel rangers providing students with information about road safety, bike maintenance and local cycling infrastructure.

“The Cook Labor Government’s contribution of a $38,000 Bicycle Network Grant towards the South-West Highway rail crossing upgrade has improved access and safety for people of all ages and abilities to walk, wheel or ride to school and access the Boyanup town centre.”

Comments attributed to Shire President Doug Kitchen:
As part of Capel Council’s ‘Plan for the Future’ we have a strong focus on strengthening and enhancing the well-being of our community. The investment in this important project for Boyanup Primary School and surrounding community members, reinforces Council’s commitment to providing safe, and accessible infrastructure.

"We are grateful for the support and contribution from the State Government in making the footpath infrastructure and 'Ride to School' event a reality. We are thrilled to have their partnership in promoting active and sustainable transportation."

"As a partner of Act, Belong, Commit, the Shire is always looking for ways to collaborate with local schools and community organisations. Together, we can create opportunities for people to share skills and promote strong connections within the community."

Comments attributed to Justin Grasso, Principal, Boyanup Primary School:
“The Ride to School Day demonstrates our school's commitment to providing diverse learning experiences beyond the classroom, promoting safety and practical skills for our students.”

“At Boyanup Primary School, we are proud to foster active learning, offering students a rich blend of indoor and outdoor learning experiences. The four stations hosted by Shire Rangers, Police, Capel Men's Shed, Boyanup Lions—each hosted a station to teach the students everything from bike maintenance to road rules and how to stay safe while riding a bike or scooter.”

Comments attributed to Officer-in-charge, Sergeant Tim Rainer:
“The Ride to School event provided students with the opportunity to positively engage with law enforcement. The kids were excited to see the police car, and they especially enjoyed the siren, which added a memorable element of sound to the event.”

"The presence of the police at the Ride to School event not only ensures the safety of our students but also fosters positive connections between the community and law enforcement.”

This project can be linked to Council’s ‘Plan for the Future’ through:
1.4 A safe and prepared community
1.5 A healthy and active community

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