Inner city cycling – Freemans Bay style

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.

Freemans Bay BiS opening_after all VIPs have left (1)

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

Freemans Bay BiS opening (1)

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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

Parakai School, Auckland bike track opens

Parakai School kids are very excited about the amazing new addition to their school – a 420m long cycle track around the school grounds.

Parakai principal Nick Neubert expects the track to be used both for fun and for cycle safety and bike skills lessons, and says the local community are very welcome to use the track too. “We want the school to be the hub of our community, and we’ve already noticed families from outside school coming down on the weekend and after school to use the track”.

Parakai

The track has been two years in the making, after deputy principal Sue Caltaux saw similar facilities around Auckland and started investigating funding options with BoT chairman Des Ross.  Auckland Council contributed to the cost of the track too.

You can also check out a video of track construction here