Pedalling environmental cause

THOUSANDS of Victorian schoolkids are breathing easier after helping remove almost 1600 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Published December 10, 2007 by The Herald-Sun 

AU – THOUSANDS of Victorian schoolkids are breathing easier after helping remove almost 1600 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The savings, equal to 3,186,000 black balloons, have been achieved by getting their parents to ditch the car and riding or walking to school instead.

The savings were calculated as part of Bicycle Victoria's Ride2School program, which began this year.

The real gas savings are expected to exceed 1600 tonnes as the audit only covered 279 of the 750 schools registered for the program.

Bicycle Victoria research shows 80 per cent of primary and 60 per cent of secondary students live within 3km of their school, but more than half of them are driven to school every day.

Environment Minister Gavin Jennings said the program not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also promoted a healthy active lifestyle for children.

"Families should think about lifestyle and the environmental issues," he said.

"Riding or walking to school brings that together."