Kids from Johnsonville West School helping to plan the bike tracks at their school
Wellington's Bikes in Schools programmes are based on the successful initiative developed by the Bike on Trust.
The programme involves: a fleet of new bikes and bike helmets, purpose-built riding tracks and bike storage facility, as well as skills training.
We began in 2014 with a pilot project at three schools: West Park School (Johnsonville), Karori West Normal School, and Holy Cross School (Miramar).
The pilot was so successful that an annual Bikes in Schools fund was created to make Bikes in Schools possible at other Wellington City primary and intermediate schools.
Since then we've helped five more schools develop community bike tracks either in their school grounds or in parks or reserves nearby - Hampton Hill School (Tawa), Amesbury School (Churton Park), Houghton Valley School, Makara Model School, and Ridgway School (Brooklyn). Scots Preparatory School is developing a ninth track on public land in Strathmore.
Biking is now part of the curriculum and everyday life of these schools. They run the programme and maintenance of bikes, helmets and tracks.
The documented outcomes of all this bike riding are: increased health, fitness, skills, safety, confidence, and self-esteem. Plus the wider community can also use the tracks after school and at weekends.