Hop­ing to get kids on bikes

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There are hopes a new pro­gramme will get more Tawa school kids out of their par­ents’ cars and on to two-wheels for their daily trek to and from school.

Adult cy­clists are be­ing sought to as­sist with cy­cle skills train­ing pro­grammes at two Tawa schools over the next two months. The pro­grammes, which in­volve lo­cal po­lice and adult vol­un­teers, are be­ing sup­ported by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

Coun­cil’s Sus­tain­able Trans­port Project co-or­di­na­tor, Su­san Hutchinson-Daniel, says the pro­grammes aim to in­crease the num­ber of adults and chil­dren who cy­cle con­fi­dently on our roads.

‘‘Cy­cling can be a fun, healthy and in­cred­i­bly fast way of get­ting from A to B. How­ever, cy­clists of­ten have to share the road with ve­hi­cles that are much big­ger and more pow­er­ful so it’s vi­tal they know how to keep safe on our roads.

‘‘These pro­grammes in Tawa are all about giv­ing kids the skills to cy­cle safely and con­fi­dently.’’

Vol­un­teers will re­ceive their own train­ing next week from Mon­day to Fri­day.

They can then help with train­ing ses­sions at Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate (Fe­bru­ary 21-25 and March 21-25) and at Red­wood School (March 7-18).

A sched­ule of train­ing dates and times is avail­able at gw.govt.nz/cy­clingskills.

Ms Hutchinson-Daniel says the train­ing is a great op­por­tu­nity for adults whose cy­cling skills may have got a lit­tle rusty over time.

‘‘It’s al­ways very use­ful to have a re­fresher course from time to time.

‘‘You may be sur­prised at what you’ve for­got­ten.’’

Other Tawa schools are wel­come to get in­volved.

Con­tact Ian Browne on 439 0877 or email ian.browne@po­lice.govt.nz.

Wheel keen: Bi­cy­cle me­chanic James Dun­can from Dirt Mer­chants, left, cy­cle skills trainer Mar­i­lyn North­cote and po­lice ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ian Browne in sup­port.

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