Programme aims to make young cyclists safer on roads

Musselburgh School pupil Max Wassell (10) shows some of his new-found road safety skills in front of his classmates. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Musselburgh School pupil Max Wassell (10) shows some of his new-found road safety skills in front of his classmates. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Dunedin City Council's cycle skills training programme is on a roll after receiving four new bikes to help make children street-wise.

The bicycles were given by The Warehouse Dunedin central store, and would be used as part of a wider cycle education project operating in South Dunedin primary schools, secondary schools and youth and family organisations.

DCC Safe and Sustainable Travel co-ordinator Charlotte Flaherty said the bikes would become part of a fleet used to teach children how to cycle competently and confidently on the road.

''The project is being rolled out in conjunction with the South Dunedin cycle network and makes use of the new cycleways in the area,'' she said.

Pupils at Carisbrook School, Musselburgh School and Queen's High School are taking part in the training programme in term one and two this year, and would be the first to use the bikes.

Tahuna Normal Intermediate School, Bathgate Park School and Pacific Trust Otago members, who have already completed the skills programme, would participate in follow-up activities over the next few months.

Mrs Flaherty said an increasing number of Dunedin children were taking part in the programme each year and more than 1000 were involved last year.

DCC infrastructure services committee chairwoman Cr Kate Wilson said there had been considerable corporate support for cycleway development and it was ''fabulous'' to see local businesses also backing it.

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