Hoping to get kids on bikes
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 email@example.com.
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.