Cycle Skills for School Kids

6 March 2012

"We learnt a lot and it was fun." The eight and nine year-old students at Ridgway School have given our new cycle skills course for Wellington primary schools a tick of approval.

A family out cycling

A family out cycling

Their teacher, Colette de Vere Green, says her pupils improved their bike handling skills and now have better awareness of what's needed to stay safe on the road.

The course aims to give families and children the confidence to get on their bikes and ride safely to school and home again. Some of our recreation staff have been trained to take the course to schools - it's a certified programme for years 4 to 6 that can be part of the outdoor education curriculum - either as a class activity or held out of school hours.

The four one-hour sessions cover basic safety information about bikes and helmets as well as practical exercises to improve riding skills such as riding in a straight line, using hand signals, looking behind and emergency braking. The children also learn how to do safety checks and bike maintenance.

For more details, phone (04) 803 8666 or email bikeability@wcc.govt.nz.