Fun aspect to children's cycle safety

Children in Waitaki are being encouraged to attend the annual Waitaki Road Safe cycle skills fun day today to ensure their bicycles are safe to ride.

The fun day, which takes place from 1.30pm at Takaro Park in Oamaru, would be open to children aged between 4 and 12. Co-organiser Catherine Wilson said although members of Waitaki Road Safe and police personnel would be present to check the children's bikes, there would also be plenty of fun activities.

''A range of activities will be held including an obstacle course, a road sign course, a fast race and a course designed by wheelman David Wilson, who will be bringing along some penny-farthings for the children to try on his course.

''Included also on the day is a magician show by Timaru magician Russell Hendry. This is a free day and all children will go home with some free bike-related goods as well.''

A limited number of bikes and helmets would be available for those children without a bike, Mrs Wilson said.