Young riders put on the right track
■ 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.
Astrid Doig, 4, and Jordie Ammerer, 3, enjoy the Dampier Lions Park bike path at the opening day.