Giving children regular access to a fitted bike and helmet, the development of cycling skills and confidence to ride safely on our roads and cycle ways, and having access to the wonderful natural environment in our own backyard (Redwoods, Hannahs Bay) are some of the aims of the Bikes and Schools project being implemented at Owhata Primary School. Other benefits include health and well-being outcomes and developing the habit of using an environmentally friendly form of transportation. Bikes in Schools is a complete biking package which includes a fleet of bikes, a helmet for each child, a fit for purpose storage container for the bikes, a skills track and a bike track. Once their skills have been developed, the children would then be able to access the pump track which already exists at Mokoia Intermediate. Both the skills and bike tracks would be able to be used by those students who attend Owhata Primary, those younger aged children who attend early childhood centres in the area and of course the wider community.
Bikes in Schools has already been implemented in 50+ schools across New Zealand. The current implementation at Owhata Primary is the pilot for Rotorua. It is hoped that other local schools, which could do with this resourcing, will also be able to implement Bikes at Schools. Those involved with the project include: Owhata Primary School, Bike on New Zealand Charitable Trust, Rotorua Red Cross, Rotorua Healthy Families, Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua Police and the Mokoia Community Association.
We are currently looking for any businesses who would like to support this project. If you would like know more about this Bikes in Schools at Owhata Primary, please contact Leigh at the Mokoia Community Association, 3245 5971 or 027 345 5971.