For having the highest proportion of their school roll cycling to school, Rutaki School won a brand-new bicycle rack donated by Storytellers Eco Tours.
A range of other prizes kindly donated by Ride Rarotonga were also given to students who took part. They were presented by Dave and Natavia Furnell from Storytellers, and Liam Kokaua from Te Ipukarea Society.
Takitumu School’s students have already received their prizes for coming second, also donated by Ride Rarotonga. Takitumu had the highest number of students cycling, but could not match the higher percentage achieved by the smaller school roll at Rutaki.
Bike 2 School Week ran from June 22 to 26 and was a great opportunity to get more Rarotongan kids on their bikes. Eight schools took part in the competition, which was a part of the 50 Days for 50 Years cycling campaign.
The message sent to those who took part was that biking to school is better for the environment, better for your health, and saves you money. Rutaki took first place, Takitumu was second, and Papaaroa third. Other schools also did well, including Nukutere College, Arorangi Primary School, Apii Nikao, Te Uki Ou, and Imanuela.
Te Ipukarea Society would like to thank Storytellers Eco Cycle for constructing the Bike Rack for Rutaki School and Ride Rarotonga for their generous donation of prizes.
Te Ipukarea Society would also like to thank the Ministry of Education, Climate Change Cook Islands, the Cook Islands 50th Celebration Committee, and the IUCN for their support and funding for the 50 Days for 50 Years cycling campaign.