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Nathan But­ler, Holly Walker and Amelia Kearns cruise through the ob­sta­cles dur­ing a six week Bike Ed pro­gram at St John’s Pri­mary School in Euroa.

FOR the past six weeks, grade 3 and 4 stu­dents from St John’s Pri­mary School in Euroa have been in­volved in the Bike Ed pro­gram.

Wayne McLeod, a qual­i­fied Bike Ed in­struc­tor, and St John’s teacher Melinda Wat­son have been run­ning stu­dents through the ba­sics of bike rid­ing safety and tech­nique.

Through­out the pro­gram they have seen a dra­matic im­prove­ment in the com­pe­tence and con­fi­dence of the stu­dents.

All 64 stu­dents in­volved have learnt to brake and cor­ner safely, as well as how to cor­rectly wear their hel­mets and set their seat height.

Mr McLeod has also fo­cused on en­sur­ing the kids leave the pro­gram as good road users, and are given the skills to re­main aware of their sur­round­ings and oth­ers on the road when rid­ing.

Last Wed­nes­day was the last ses­sion for the year.

Ms Wat­son said she was im­pressed by the progress of her stu­dents, es­pe­cially those with lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ing be­fore­hand.

“We started with a num­ber of stu­dents who couldn’t ride a bike at all, and now all stu­dents are very ca­pa­ble of do­ing so,” Ms Wat­son said.

“There was a mas­sive sense of ac­com­plish­ment and con­fi­dence achieved by these stu­dents,”

It’s not only those com­ing from a low-base who have bet­tered their rid­ing ac­cord­ing to Ms Wat­son.

“All stu­dents have made enor­mous im­prove­ments in their bike skills and tech­nique. They’ve en­joyed get­ting on the bikes and show­ing us what they can do.”

Bike ed­u­ca­tion is a vi­tal pro­gram for young kids who will be re­quired to ne­go­ti­ate their way around what can be a tricky and at times dan­ger­ous rid­ing en­vi­ron­ment out­side the school grounds.

St John’s would like to thank the Ro­tary Club of Euroa for their do­na­tion of the bikes used in the pro­gram, with­out which they would not have been able to fa­cil­i­tate all the stu­dents.

“It has been a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents and some­thing we will con­tinue each year in PE les­sons,” Ms Wat­son said. “We thank them (Ro­tary Euroa) for their won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion.”

PHOTO: Will Mur­ray

PHOTO: Will Mur­ray

READY TO RIDE: In­struc­tor Wayne McLeod has been run­ning the pro­gram at St John’s for six weeks.

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