Melbourne school encourages biking to school

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Monday, October 30, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

I see more examples of this here in the United States, where school administrators and city planners encourage parents to get their children to walk and bike to school.

Of the 500 children at the school, 68 per cent were coming bycar, creating gridlock morning and afternoon. The council, fearinga child would be hurt or killed by an exasperated driver, asked theschool to close a bay where up to 30 cars queued each morning.

"It was a very unpopular decision with parents," Johansen says."I was quite worried, because I felt it might (hurt) enrolments ifparents thought our school was difficult to get to."

The enterprising principal turned a negative into a positive.

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