Bike has been identified as a fast growing sport and an ever increasing form of active recreation and transport. The benefits are substantial for all ages and opportunities to participate in cycling are increasing significantly.
Counties Manukau Sport's role is to support the growth of cycling and meet the needs of our community through various avenues in partnership with BikeNZ, Auckland Council, Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust, Auckland Transport and KiwiSport.
There is an assumption that most children in New Zealand have access to a bike however this couldn't be any further from the truth. Of the 1679 students receiving cycle skills training from Counties Manukau Sport in 2013, 20% of children aged between 8 and 11 years old had never ridden a bike and 1 in 5 children didn't have access to a bike. In lower decile schools there is a much higher percentage of children with little or no access to bikes (and helmets).
The Pedal Power programme offers Primary School aged children from Year 4 to 6 with the opportunity to learn fundamental cycle skills and safety over 5 sessions within the school environment. The programme is based on the BikeNZ Learn to Ride (Grade 1) cycle skills programme. Counties Manukau Sport provides BMX bikes and helmets free of charge to participating schools so all children have opportunity to ride. The participating schools can opt to have the final session at a BMX club (weather/club access permitting) where students can ride the track, build confidence, practice their new found skills and potentially try a new sport. The introduction of the BMX club is further supported by Have a Go events and club open days within the sports' season.
To learn more about the Pedal Power Programme or to book in your school click here
Counties Manukau Sport is fortunate to partner with Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust within our region to assist interested primary schools with the implementation of their Bikes in Schools project. The Bikes in Schools project is a unique concept which aims to provide all students with regular and equal access to a bike, helmet and specially designed bike tracks within the school environment. The project encourages students to become more active and healthy, develop various cycle skills, and build self-esteem and confidence, all while in a safe and familiar environment.
To find out more about Bikes in Schools click here
The Auckland Bikes in Schools programme collaboration won the NZRA Outstanding Community Recreation Programme Award in 2013. The collaboration was made up of representatives from Bike On NZ, Harbour Sport, Counties Manukau Sport, Auckland Council and BikeNZ.
As a follow on to the Learn to Ride Grade 1 (off road/non traffic environment) cycle skills training, Counties Manukau Sport also delivers the Grade 2 (on-road) training for Year 7 and 8 students. Participants learn skills to ride in safely in a variety of traffic situations however training takes place on quiet roads. Skills include understanding road signs, road rules, giving way, stopping, and right-hand turns at controlled and uncontrolled intersections.
For more information please contact:
Brendan Boreham - Community Sport Advisor for Bike
M: 029 437 0873