Biking Kamo’s shared path
A group of budding cyclists from a Whanga¯ rei school have been quick to make the most of the first sections of the Kamo Shared Path before their official opening.
Students from Whau Valley School whizzed down the Kamo Shared Path from Kamo Rd to Vinery Lane as part of a cycling trip from their school to Onerahi recently.
The group of 18 Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils were accompanied by Bikes in Schools’ Kevin Mackenzie and principal Steve Jenkins.
Mackenzie said the trip was to take the bike handling, road safety skills and road rules the pupils had learned at school into the real world. After the Kamo Shared Path, they headed for the Hatea Loop, Waimahanga Track and on to Beach Rd for a picnic before returning to school.
“Hopefully we’ll find lots of other road users, track users that these guys are going to be polite to,” Mackenzie said as the group exited the Kamo Shared Path at Vinery Lane.
Jenkins said a few of his pupils would be moving on to Whanga¯ rei Intermediate next year, which is near the Shared Path, so it was good for them to learn the cycle track.
Mackenzie said the Bikes in Schools project had been at Whau Valley School since last year. The school has a learn-toride track, 50 bikes as well as helmets for all the youngsters.
“As they grow up, hopefully, they carry on riding bikes.”
Sonny-bill Cassidy-maeva, 11, rattled off the safety skills they had learned.
“Make sure to hop off your bike before you cross the road. Make sure you wait for each other. Ring your bell when passing elderly, if you don’t have a bell say ‘excuse me, passing to your right’.”
The students had also learned to get off their bikes away from any traffic, and to use hand signals.
Mackenzie said about 12 schools in Whanga¯ rei were part of the Bikes in Schools project.
The official opening for the first two stages of the Kamo Shared Path — from Rust Ave to Kamo Rd — is on Saturday December 8 from 10am to 12.30pm outside the Whanga¯ rei Library and will feature a ribbon cutting, free face painting, live music and interactive entertainment.
There is a draw to win an e-bike and a kids’ best-dressed bike competition with an open theme. Those without a bike can decorate their shoes instead.
Bikes in Schools’ Kevin Mackenzie leads a groups of pupils from Whau Valley School down the new Kamo Shared Path.