Bike riding programme well on track
and BikeNZ includes straight line riding, cornering, balance, braking, one-handed riding and safety.
It was introduced at the beginning of the year to schools in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay with the potential to go nationwide.
‘‘I think we will have a great turnout in Matamata. I was at Matamata Christian School recently to run a Bike and Wheels Day and the response was huge; we had 80 kids,’’ said Mrs Burndred.
The Learn to Ride programme will be held for five weeks in August in the Headon Stadium car park before moving to a different town.
‘‘By the end of the year we will have covered 25 towns across the Waikato,’’ said Mrs Burndred.
Mrs Burndred raced on the national women’s cycling team and has competed in a UCI professional women’s cycling team, racing all over Europe, America and Canada, and is now a full time Kiwisport bike coach.
‘‘It is rewarding to see the kids develop their skills and improve their confidence on the bike,’’ she said.