Young rid­ers put on the right track

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ The first road safety-themed bike path for chil­dren in the City of Kar­ratha has opened in Dampier af­ter years of de­vel­op­ment.

The Dampier Lions Park bike path at­tracted plenty of at­ten­tion from chil­dren at its of­fi­cial com­mu­nity open­ing on Sun­day, March 13.

There was also a free bar­be­cue and road safety checks from Dampier po­lice and Izzy the Road Safety Lizard.

Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Ge­or­gia Evans said they had de­signed the path based on safety-themed bike tracks in the East­ern States to teach chil­dren ba­sic road rules, such as keep­ing left, giv­ing way and merg­ing.

She said the path idea had emerged from com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions in 2013.

“Peo­ple re­ally wanted to see a bike track at the Lions Park,” she said.

“Ini­tially we were think­ing of some­thing that would go around the perime­ter, and then we came up with the idea of do­ing a road sa- fety-themed bike track be­cause some of the par­ents had men­tioned that be­ing a small town, Dampier kids lack that aware­ness of road skills.

“We thought this might be a good way of en­cour­ag­ing aware­ness in the younger age bracket.”

The path was funded by the City of Kar­ratha through the An­nual Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion De­vel­op­ment Scheme.

Ms Evans said the path was an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to bike­friendly Dampier. “We’ve got lots of great bike tracks that fol­low the roads and you see lots of kids ride to school,” she said.

“Be­ing so small ge­o­graph­i­cally, I think Dampier lends it­self to be­ing a heavy bike-us­ing com­mu­nity.”

The DCA’s next main pro­ject is a BMX track on Hamp­ton Oval, which is await­ing fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the lease with Rio Tinto.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Astrid Doig, 4, and Jordie Am­merer, 3, en­joy the Dampier Lions Park bike path at the open­ing day.

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