De­sign­ers of cy­cle hel­mets re­warded

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY -

Eight pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate school stu­dents have re­ceived awards for win­ning the an­nual De­sign Your Own Hel­met com­pe­ti­tion.

The im­por­tant role of hel­mets in bike safety was high­lighted at an awards cer­e­mony at Hamil­ton City Coun­cil last Fri­day.

The eight stu­dents were pre­sented with their de­sign pro­fes­sion­ally air­brushed on to a bike hel­met.

The win­ning eight were the stand­outs amongst 1450 com­pe­ti­tion en­tries this year from 28 schools.

The pre­sen­ta­tions were made by coun­cil­lor Mark Bunt­ing, chair of the Ac­cess Hamil­ton Task­force. “These are the ratepay­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers of the near fu­ture,” he said.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to see their en­thu­si­asm for bik­ing and as a coun­cil we need to be mak­ing cy­cling a real and safe op­tion for them in their daily lives.”

Mayor An­drew King also con­grat­u­lated the win­ners.

“This city re­ally wants to en­cour­age cy­cling.”

The De­sign Your Own Hel­met com­pe­ti­tion com­ple­ments a range of ini­tia­tives the Coun­cil is in­volved in to pro­mote safety on the roads, es­pe­cially wear­ing hel­mets when bik­ing.

“This com­pe­ti­tion is a great way to bring bike safety mes­sages into schools — it ties in well with all the other bike ini­tia­tives hap­pen­ing across the city, es­pe­cially the Kids on Bikes pro­gramme which we of­fer to schools,” said school travel co­or­di­na­tor Cameron Ward.

“Kids on Bikes en­sures chil­dren have the ba­sics to ride their bikes safely, in­creas­ing their con­fi­dence. Through this work, in com­bi­na­tion of in­creased safe bike paths on and off road in Hamil­ton, we hope to see more stu­dents bik­ing to school.”

The win­ning de­sign­ers and their schools are: Izzy Ford, Hill­crest Nor­mal; Mor­gan Feisst, Hill­crest Nor­mal; Ran­bir Sidhu, Hamil­ton East; Stan­ley Fos­ter, Glen­view Pri­mary; Mishka Caguiat, Maeroa In­ter­me­di­ate; Kaylee Jan­phanich, Maeroa In­ter­me­di­ate; Abi­gail Beetge, Hukanui Pri­mary; He­laha Gulzari, Naw­ton.

Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

Coun­cil­lor Mark Bunt­ing, school travel co-or­di­na­tor Cameron Ward, Hamil­ton Mayor An­drew King and win­ners of the hel­met de­sign com­pe­ti­tion.

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