Se­ri­ous about safety

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Bri­anna McIl­raith

You’re never to young to learn about cy­cle safety, as young Max­imus Munro found out at New Ply­mouth’s BMX track.

The 5-year-old turned up to the track’s open day yes­ter­day wear­ing only shorts and a T-shirt, but or­gan­is­ers said he couldn’t ride un­less he was wear­ing cloth­ing that cov­ered his skin, such as long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.

Par­ents Pim and Alis­tar Munro, who were un­aware of the rule as it was their first time at the track, quickly popped home to get their boy a change of clothes.

The Mun­ros then stayed at the track for two hours, while Max­imus got a taste of BMXing.

Chair­per­son of the New Ply­mouth Sharks BMX Club Ruka Te Moana said the open day was all about teach­ing the pub­lic about safety on the track while in a su­per­vised en­vi­ron­ment.

In the first 10 days of this year two peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter com­ing off their bike with­out wear­ing the cor­rect gear.

‘‘Our rid­ers will come along and help new ones that want to give it a crack,’’ he said.

‘‘We know that these kids are prob­a­bly com­ing down here on the week­end with their par­ents any­way so it’s an­other way of re­mind­ing them of the right gear and be­ing a bit more re­spon­si­ble.’’

‘‘All of our kids fall off all the time and they only get crack­ing again be­cause they have the right gear on. It’s the gear that saves them.’’

The only thing off lim­its for the open day was the five-me­tre start ramp, as of­ten rid­ers got up to speeds of 60km/h and it took even con­fi­dent rid­ers weeks to mas­ter. Club mem­bers Milla El­lis and Kaea Te Moana said it took them a few weeks to learn how to go down the ramp, even though they have both been rid­ing for nearly five years.

PHO­TOS: GLENN JEF­FREY/STUFF

Max­imus Munro, 5, spent two hours rid­ing at the New Ply­mouth BMX track once he was wear­ing the cor­rect gear.Inset: Rid­ers in ac­tion yes­ter­day.

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