In 2018 three new schools started their journey to install a bike track and secure a fleet of bikes, helmets and jackets for their students.
Rachel Scott, Educational Partnerships Facilitator for Partners Porirua, says this is about more than getting kids to ride bikes. “This experience will enhance students’ education, help to develop life skills, spark an interest in the science and technology of cycling, track design and construction, expose them to possible future career opportunities.”
Ms Scott says, schools are enthusiastic about the value of offering a curriculum enhancing programme to engage with students, provide a daily opportunity to get kids active, develop mentoring and leadership skills and become involved in the care and maintenance of the track and bikes.
There are many partners and interested parties involved in this project and the cycle movement in Porirua has barely begun. With other schools interested in starting their Bikes in Schools journey this is an exciting space to be involved in!