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