Term One has begun and we’ve started to settle into the routine. I’m still trying to nail time for that second coffee each morning but, you know, that’s a challenge for another day!

Earlier this year I asked for your commitment to ride with your kid/s once a week to school in Term One. So, how is that going so far? Any challenges you are currently facing with achieving this? How are the kids going?

We’ve been riding to school every morning and I’m convinced we are getting there earlier than we were last term. I never had any complaints about how long it took us anyways but I figure its more evidence of putting in the work and getting results – like a quicker school commute! Who knew!?

Something else that has been created while we were all cutting lunches is an official poster! We love it. Do you think your school would promote this challenge in their newsletter? Would your local bike shop stick up a poster? We’d love to get the word out there so if you can help distribute please email: onyabikeoz@gmail.com (oh yes, there’s an email address to match!) let me know how many posters and flyers you would like and I’ll post them to you!

on ya bike operation move

Another thing to keep in mind is National Ride 2 School Day on March 19th this year. Plenty of time to get trained up for the day i.e: picking a bike route, learning the road rules and getting legs of steel! It’s a great day to be a part of and I urge everyone to participate but why limit yourselves to one day of biking fun!?


Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. first ride to school in the rain this Year. Made for a great game of 'sprint to the next tree canopy'

    • Zoey Dowling

      Love it Taz :) I do love that riding places makes you embrace all weather conditions- and enjoy them!

  2. Yesterday , I decided I could ride the quad bike to the front gate while the kids pedal and then I could bring them back (800m) on the bike. (I am out of action to pedal at the moment)

    • Zoey Dowling

      That's thinking outside the box Trish! If you could post a pic your morning that would be awesome- over at our facebook page ON YA BIKE :)

  3. Zoey Dowling

    My kids are 2 and 4 and my oldest is in kindy this year - we are lucky enough to live on the same street as the kindy! They both got scooters for Christmas with the idea being to ride to kindy each day - after a couple of attempts (Mister 4 couldn't get the hang of the steering, Miss 2 wouldn't wear her helmet, various other dramas) they finally did it this week! Its literally only about 400 m down the road but I was very proud. They have very different styles - Mister 4 likes to go nice and slow and concentrate on technique while Miss 2 goes flat chat until she hits a fence or tree - but I hope by the end of Term 1 they'll have mastered it!

    • Zoey Dowling

      Nice work Meisha- 400m is still 400m of moving and learning skills! As you said, can take a little while to get through the initial 'dramas' and then the fun begins. Their different styles would be fun to watch :)

  4. Zoey Dowling

    We haven't managed it yet but I really want to! Will try helmet shopping again next week and see how we go!

    • Zoey Dowling

      Jo, you are dealing with what is now known as 'initial dramas' stage. There's no time limit for this one lol. There are many steps to take in getting kids moving sometimes, you can't get moving unless the other challenges are met- no hurry- you'll be with us soon I'm sure. If you could post a pic on our facebook page of the helmet shopping, that would be cool :) Also, fill us in on any tips you learn along the way- you never know who they might help!