Safety first for kids on their bikes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Safety first: Port Dou­glas State School stu­dents Raine Ward, Cameron Steven­son and Jas­mine Botha

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