Cycling skills tested on city’s streets
City kids will need to up their cycling game next year.
Results of the 16th Central District Young Cyclist of the Year regional final held in Palmerston North last week saw Feilding pupils take out the first two places in the annual skills contest.
Despite being on ‘home turf’ and being used to the traffic conditions, city cyclists from Palmerston North and Whanganui were out-biked by their smaller town rivals.
Brianna Dobson of St Joseph’s in Feilding won the Young Cyclist of the Year trophy and first prize $300. Flint Rogers of Feilding Intermediate was second winning $200 with Christina Leong of Palmerston North Intermediate picked up third place and $100 at a special prize-giving held at
‘‘City cyclists from Palmerston North and Whanganui were out-biked by their smaller town rivals.
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Run with assistance from Horizons Regional Council, and Sport Manawatu the competition is the culmination of a year’s road safety education in primary and intermediate schools by school community officers from the Central Region’s six policing districts – Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Wanganui.
Co-ordinator Lynda Kendrick says the top male and female finalists came from school and district competitions to compete at the Barber Hall venue.
‘‘The finalists have to sit a written test based on the Safe Cycling book and the Code For Cyclists. Then they cycle a three kilometre road course around the city streets.’’
The course involves 15 controlled and uncontrolled intersections with stop and give way signs, traffic lights, and various roundabouts.
‘‘They are marked on their abilities to look behind and check for traffic; signalling their intention, how well they obey signs and treat marked lanes, as well as their bike control and road confidence.’’
Lynda says that for some reason, the traffic seemed to be particularly heavy during the road course compared to other years, providing an additional challenge for the young riders.
It’s not over then. A riding skills test involving a marked course and obstacles in the Barber Hall car park followed, further testing bike handling and control skills. The riders also have to pass a cycle helmet fitting test.