Wellington’s wild weather finally reached Hawkes Bay on Friday, but even that wasn’t enough to dent the enthusiasm of the 120 kids at Camberley School, Hastings – at the official opening of the new cycle tracks at the school and round the adjacent Kirkpatrick Park. The sky opened just as things kicked off, prompting a mad rush to the cover of school hall for kids and visitors. But it didn’t dampen the excitement! Camberley as an area has had some hard knocks in the last couple of years. But principal Pat Watson said that the school now had a unique community asset that was already being used by not just kids but also by their parents and others in the community too, and that he’s been surprised by how popular path the path has become already. The school itself has a limesand track round its own playing field, which joins a longer concrete path winding it’s way round Kirkpatrick Park next door – built by Hastings District Council as part of it’s iWay project. Hastings Councillor Sandra Hazehurst said that paths like this were all part of HDC’s wider investment in getting local people cycling. This joint school/council collaboration has worked really well at Camberley School and it would be great to see similar elsewhere. Councillor Malcolm Nixon threw down the gauntlet, challenging principal Pat Watson to a bike race. But although it was just too wet to race on Friday, we’re going to hold him to that one. Watch this space! Thanks to Eastern And Central Community Trust for their contribution – it is much appreciated. Also to Sport Hawkes Bay for their help with the initial cycle skills training, and to the Rotary Club for helping assemble the bikes.
School track openings usually see a lot of kids on bikes, but Takapau School in Central Hawkes Bay broke all records last Friday when the entire school’s 120 students pedalled round to celebrate the opening of their 3 new tracks.
CHB’s mayor Peter Butler did the honours to officially open the track, and was even persuaded to join the mass of cyclists for a quick turn round the track.
Thanks to all the organisations and individuals listed below for helping to make this all possible:
We were also lucky enough to be joined by some seriously talented bike riders – professional mountain bikers Brook McDonald and George Brannigan. Always up for a challenge, George and Brook took on two specially selected young riders from the school for a race (and gave them both half a lap head start to give them a fighting chance – maybe they were a bit too generous there though….).
You can also see a video of the kids in action in the report from local paper Hawkes Bay Today here
Another Auckland school snips the ribbon on a brand new track – well done to Tamaki School in Panmure, Auckland!
The school now has a fantastic 500m riding track, a pump track, a fleet of 50 bikes and a helmet for every kid. This was all thanks to generous contributions from Sport Auckland, the ASB Community Trust, the Lion Foundation, Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and Auckland Transport.
It was great to see the kids tearing round the track at Tamaki, and once again a familiar story has emerged – something we’ve also heard at so many other schools. Principal Rhonda Kelly says that before the programme started only a handful of kids rode their bikes to school, but now they are struggling to find space for their bikes
Thanks to Tamaki School for a great day!
A beautiful sunny autumn morning in Hastings – a perfect day to officially snip the ribbon on St Joseph’s School new bike track.
The opening was quickly followed by the St Joseph’s “Bikeathon”, a sponsored ride to raise funds for the school. Room 2 (above) had the honour of eagerly kicking off the event on their new bikes, while the other classes recorded their completed laps (a perfect excuse for many hi-fives as each lap was ticked off), and waited for their own chance to speed round.
A huge thank you goes out to Infinity Foundation, First Light Community Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Sanderson Trust and the Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust for funding towards the project.
A number of local businesses have also sponsored bikes including Gemco Group, Bramwell Grossman, Hastings City New World, Proactive Management, Tumu Merchants, Horton Plumbing, Supergreene Enterprises, Konica Minolta, Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the School’s Family and Friends group.
Thanks to all these project supporters – we think the finished track looks fantastic and is going to get a lot of use!
More and more local councils around NZ are now investing in cycling as part of their transport strategy.
And with higher levels of investment in biking, it makes a lot of sense to ensure that the next generation of riders have the skills and confidence they need to ride. Wellington City Council are doing just that – this week saw the council become the first NZ local body to fully fund and manage the implementation of Bikes in Schools projects at three Wellington primary schools.
West Park School, Karori West Normal School and Holy Cross School all received the complete biking package within their own school grounds. The result: over 1300 kids every year will have regular access to a bike at these schools.
We made it to the grand opening at Holy Cross on Monday, where the track was opened by Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown. She said: “Bikes in Schools means Wellington students will be healthier and more independent. Modern cities offer children opportunities for daily exercise and recreation”
This was a first for Bikes in Schools in lots of ways – the three schools were selected as part of a competition from a pool of local schools, and the tracks were then designed by WCC engineers after consulting with students. On Monday we had to agree the end result looked fantastic.
Thanks to Holy Cross School for such a good day, and to Wellington City Council for making this a reality.
You can read more on WCC’s website here
When you’re a kid living in inner city Auckland, you don’t get too many chances to tear round on a bike without a care in the world.
That’s why it was so exciting to see so many kids doing just that at the latest Bikes in Schools track opening, at Freemans Bay School in central Auckland on Friday. It was easy for all the VIP visitors at the opening to get caught up in all the excitement too, but even after every visitor had left many of the kids were still racing round their laps.
The Hon. Nikki Kaye MP was there to officially snip the ribbon and open the track
Huge thanks to the Freemans Bay Board of Trustees for all their support for the project, and to the project’s funders including Sport Auckland, the Local Waitemata Board, Barfoot and Thomson, the ASB Community Trust and YouthTown
Special thanks also to Auckland Transport for funding the cycle skills training at the school
It was also great to see Ross Buckley and his team from KMPG who are about to ride the Tour of NZ in support of Bikes in Schools.
More pictures from the school website here