Learn to ride on two wheels for childcare centre children
e noticed it really builds confidence for those shy children. It brings children out of their shell.’’
YOUR childrenmight be in early childhood care while you work, but they can still do what they love— including bike riding.
Alocal woman is bringing bike riding lessons to early childcare centres across Tauranga with her business Stride to Ride.
Stride to Ride is a nine-week programme for balance bikers (beginners) or pedal bikes created by Jess Mortimer. It is aimed at children from two to six teaching them balance, basic road rules, the importance of helmets, how to manoeuvre their bikes and working their way up to confident pedal biking.
Jess has always been a biker and has a sporting background in snowboard instructing.
She and partner Jason— who can fix bikes— have two children, Pearl, 5, and Beau, 2.
Jess was inspired to create Stride to Ride as Beau was constantly on his bike and Jess didn’t want her children tomiss out on all the fun of bikingwhile they were in care.
Although centres allow bike riding, there’s not always a great deal of room for them, she says.
She’s been getting loads of positive feedback from parents as she encourages children towards the goal of pedal biking, away from stabilisers or their trikes.
“I’ve noticed it really builds confidence for those shy children. It brings children out of their shell.”
Stride to Ride involves a course to build skills complete with ramps, hula hoops, cones and see-saws. Jess has about 12 of her own bikes for kids to use.
She runs the programme at Nature’s Cove, TopKids Pyes Pa¯, Elm Tree and Montessori Bethlehem.
■ Jess is expanding her business out into the community. Check out Stride to Ride Facebook page for more details.