Learn to ride on two wheels for child­care cen­tre chil­dren

Bay News - - Front Page - By Re­becca Mauger news@baynews.co.nz

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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.

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