Bik­ing Kamo’s shared path

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO / TA­NIA WHYTE

Bikes in Schools’ Kevin Mackenzie leads a groups of pupils from Whau Val­ley School down the new Kamo Shared Path.

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