Canberra has a new Learn to Ride Centre, which will provide a safe and fun environment where kids can learn to ride a bike.
Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury opened ACT's first Learn to Ride centre in Greenway Park, Tuggeranong on Friday 24 March. He was joined by participants in Cyclabilities, a therapy-based program to help children with additional needs to develop cycling skills and improve road safety awareness.
“The ACT has a strong cycling culture and we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all our road users," said Mr Rattenbury.
“I know some parents feel nervous about letting their children walk and ride to school but it is one way we can help keep them fit and healthy. It is also a great way to spend time with friends."
The centre is open to children from preschool to year 4 and is also suitable for children with broad-ranging skills and needs, including children with additional needs.
The Learn to Ride centre has the look and feel of a real road environment and is a safe space for young bike riders to learn cycling skills. The centres include everything you would expect to see out in ACT suburbs, such as footpaths, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, line markings and road signs.
The Government's ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2016-2020 includes a plan to build the Tuggeranong and North Canberra facilities to improve road safety for vulnerable road users.
A second Learn to Ride Centre will open in Belconnen later this year. It will be located on Lake Ginninderra at John Knight Park, off Townsend Place.
Find out more about the centres, or make a group booking on the Learn to Ride Centre website.