Mount Maunganui Primary gets Bike Wise

09 March 2012

Five senior classes from Mount Maunganui Primary took to the streets last week to demonstrate their Bike Wise abilities.

To celebrate the end of Bike Wise month, 170 students, teachers and parents donned helmets and rode down to Pilot Bay for a lunchtime swim, under the watchful eye of Tauranga's award-winning Kids Can Ride instructors.

They had a ball, putting into action valuable road safety skills they'd been taught, as well as having an important community spin-off.

"Mount Maunganui adults aren't the greatest cycling role-models - we're always seeing them ride around town without helmets and with inappropriate footwear," Kids Can Ride founder Iris Thomas said.

"This was a great chance for the kids to become the community role-models, which they handled superbly.  We had overwhelmingly positive reports from the community on how well they shared the road with traffic, how visible they were and how sensible their behaviour was along the route."

Kids Can Ride instructors spent two weeks at Mount Maunganui Primary earlier in February, imparting valuable cycling skills and stressing the importance of having a respectful road attitude.

The Kids Can Ride program, jointly funded by Tauranga City Council and  the NZ Transport Agency , visit nearly all primary schools in the wider Tauranga region, teaching cycle safety to nearly 3000 Year 5 and 6 students every year.