Safety first for kids on their bikes
PORT Douglas State School students have been busy riding their bikes to help increase their skills and safety awareness.
As part of a school program, students from Years 4 to 7 have been bringing their bikes to school and going through obstacle courses designed to teach them different techniques like how to keep control when breaking suddenly.
Year 5 students Cameron Stevenson, Raine Ward and Jasmine Botha are enjoying the program, which runs over four weeks.
“It is awesome, especially the limbo,” Raine said, talking about a low padded bar, which simulates obstacles in their pathway like a low-branch.
The course also teaches students maintenance on their bikes.
“I learnt how to fix a chain, because my chain broke,” Jasmine said.
Program coordinator and teacher Robert Borzi explained the course is set out to increase their skills.
“The kids are pretty keen on the course, they realise it’s a good challenge and it’s not going to be as easy as it looks,” Mr Borzi said.
“It is aimed at developing their bike skills and increasing awareness with exciting activities and even road signs are used.”
The course has traffic signals, a roundabout, breaking practice, balance techniques and the obstacle course with the “limbo” bar.
The course will end with a bike cycling challenge later this month.
Safety first: Port Douglas State School students Raine Ward, Cameron Stevenson and Jasmine Botha