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Bikes in Schools

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Bikes in Schools

Updated 22 March 2017 9:29am

Wellington region's schools are using cycling to bring resilience and learning to the grounds. They have taken on the Bikes in Schools challenge – and built bike tracks.

Run by the national Bike On NZ Charitable Trust, Bikes in Schools supports schools to enable regular and equal access to bikes and bike tracks for all children within the school environment. 

Over ten schools across the region have already installed bike tracks and provided bikes for students and are now reaping the benefits including increases in health, confidence and classroom focus.

Principal of Pinehaven School, Kaylene Macnee has seen significant gains since installing their tracks in 2015. Most rewarding has been seeing kids ride a bike for the first time. "At the opening of the track we had 49 non-riders across the school. On the last day of term, we had five."

School's Guide

Greater Wellington has developed a School Guide to help schools get the most out of their tracks. The guide includes information on setting up booking systems, bike maintenance, cycling policies, skills training, classroom learning and getting parents and the community involved. 

To find out more go to www.bikeon.org.nz or for local advice and support, contact schooltravel@gw.govt.nz.