Bike skills training for schools
23 May 2018
Albany students are developing their bike and road safety skills thanks to a partnership between the City of Albany and RAC.
With the support of RAC, the City has offered local schools a share of up to 20 days of bike skills training with accredited cycle coaches.
Year 4 students at Albany Primary School participated in the training on Thursday, May 10 and were the seventh school involved so far this year.
Manager Recreation Services Samantha Stevens said the RAC sponsorship is a boost to the City’s TravelSmart initiative, which aims to encourage cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
“Thanks to RAC more than 500 students have already benefited from the bike skills sessions, which provide foundation skills for a lifetime of bike riding,” Ms Stevens said.
“Walking or cycling to school is great for physical health, helps students to concentrate better and decreases traffic congestion around schools too.”
RAC Sponsorship Manager Carina McBurnie said cycling was an important mode of transport that provided a range of benefits.
“Cycling helps tackle congestion, improves the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, and helps to reduce vehicle emissions,” Mrs McBurnie said.
Strategies from the Cycle City Albany Strategy (2014-19) include developing and supporting programs to encourage school students to ride to school and projects to encourage cyclists of all types, ages, backgrounds and skill levels.