Pedal Power Ambassador, Michael Milton, recently attended the opening of a new dirt bike track at Melrose High School, the first stage of a $105,000 project that he believes will encourage more students to ride to school.
A keen mountain biker, Milton is an strong advocate for any initiatives that encourage more kids to cycle.
“This is a great facility, for the school and for the community. It gives kids one more reason to ride to school and offers opportunities to teach them about safety,” said Milton.
The track has been built in a previously unused area of the school grounds and will be used for both education and general exercise.
The ACT’s Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch, also attended the launch and predicted the track will become an important part of school life and a valuable asset for the local community as it can be used before and after school and on weekends.
“It’s important that students have enjoyable ways to learn and take part in physical activity. This track has been designed to cater for all skill levels, from little ones who are learning to ride their first bicycle to the more adventurous cyclist,” Ms Burch said.
Stage one of the project included the dirt track, shade trees, native understorey plants, an automatic irrigation system and signage. Stage two will see a shipping container relocated for use as a workshop and storage facility, shade sails, seating, a water refill station and bike racks.
The dirt bike track is open to the public outside school hours and the school encourages everyone to enjoy it. They only ask that people stay off the gardens. There are maps outlining the track and the direction of travel.