The new Belconnen learn-to-ride centre is now open and available for children to use.
"Learning to ride is one of the most important rites of passage of childhood," said Pedal Power ACT Executive Officer John Armstrong. "Giving young children and parents a safe place to practice the basics is essential for promoting an active family lifestyle."
"They'll get comfortable and gain the confidence to get out on Canberra's bike paths in no time."
"With the opening of learn-to-ride centres in Tuggeranong and Belconnen, there is now an opportunity for the Government to invest more into making cycling infrastructure safer around the ACT, to encourage more families to enjoy riding together and for kids to demonstrate the skills they've learned at the centres," said Mr Armstrong.
Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury highlighted the importance of teaching children how to ride safely and obey the road rules.
“It’s important we teach our children the fundamentals of safe riding in an environment that, as far as possible, mirrors real riding conditions,” said Mr Rattenbury.
Minister Meegan Fitzharris, as Health and Wellbeing and Transport and City Services Minister, expects the learn to ride centre to support other programs and encourage more children to use active travel to and from school, particularly in the Belconnen region.
“Active Streets was piloted at four Belconnen primary schools in 2015-16 to see what infrastructure changes help to improve safety and encourage greater participation rates in active travel,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“The Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre will eventually link with the $4.7 million Belconnen bike track, making it easier for parents to teach their kids to ride safely from right across Canberra’s northern suburbs.”
The Learn to Ride Centre is located at Lake Ginninderra near the car park off MacDermott Place. Groups can make a booking at the Belconnen centre at www.act.gov.au/learntoride. Families and individuals are welcome to use the centre without prior booking.