Cycling Australia’s Aboriginal Bicycle Safety Program will continue in early 2017 with a number of sessions throughout the NSW region.
The program is run by accredited Let’s Ride Delivery Centres, and is offered free of charge to Aboriginal children aged 5-12 year old. Each child in attendance will receive a free Indigenous-designed helmet.
Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes to the sessions, with a bike mechanic on hand at each venue to service the bikes, paying attention to common issues such as brakes, tyres, handle bar grips and pedals. Bikes will also be available at each session for participants to use if required.
The 3 hour sessions aim to engage participants to:
- Recognise the importance of visibility while riding and safe places to ride
- Develop and reinforce skills used in cycling and apply these skills in relation to road rules and bike safety, relevant to the age of participants. Road signs and signal cue cards will be utilised to reinforce key messages
- Correctly fit and wear a helmet through the program and in future cycling activities, and practically demonstrate the consequences of not wearing a helmet. All participants will be provided with a culturally appropriate, Australian standards approved helmet.
- Be introduced to basic bike maintenance in keeping a bike roadworthy, be able to change a tyre and be in a comfortable position to ride.
For more information about the program, the scheduled sessions and how to get involved, see Cycling Australia’s website.