St Mary’s School in Avondale is the latest recipient of a Bikes in Schools bike track and learn-to-ride programme, thanks in part to a regional sport and recreation grant from Auckland Council.
The programme is part of a council-supported expansion of the Bike On NZ Charitable Trust Bikes in Schools programme across West and South Auckland.
“Bikes in Schools introduces primary school children to regular bike riding in a safe school setting, building a new generation of savvy cyclists who gain a love of cycling for recreation,” says regional project manager Toni Dale.
The organisation works with individual schools to build bike tracks to teach riding and more advanced skills.
The Bikes in Schools package for St Mary’s includes a fleet of different-sized bikes, helmets, bike storage, lessons from a bike coach and cycle skills training for teachers, who continue to support the programme.
“We are delighted and very grateful for Bikes in Schools’ support for this important recreation and sport programme,” says Michelle Jadoo, Principal of St Mary’s.
“We want to see more of our children being active in our community and riding bikes is a fun and practical way to get them started,” she says.