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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has launched a Cycle Skills program for children under 17 for the start of the New Year.
It is the first program to be wheeled out under the revamped Active Canterbury-Bankstown, with Council teaming up with Kids on Bikes for the roll out.
The FREE program, which comprises two one-hour sessions on Sunday 21 January, will ensure participants learn essential road safety rules, bike skills and ways to adjust their bike and helmet.
Mayor Khal Asfour said, unlike the popular and successful Wheels Out West program which targets all ages, Cycle Skills is aimed at juniors only.
"Each year, we were attracting about 50 people to our Wheels Out West events, but they were mainly attended by adult cyclists," Mayor Asfour said.
"We saw there was a demand to provide a skills workshop just for our youth, especially because so many of them are often seen riding along two of our City’s most popular tracks - the Cooks River and Mirambeena Regional Park."
The program will be run by cycling experts and founder of Kids on Bikes, Ian and Gay Watson.
"A lot of the lesson will be about the ability to handle difficult situations," Mrs Watson said.
"We will be teaching how to do left and right-hand turns, how to ride uphill and downhill, how to change direction, cross the road, change gears, brake, and how to dodge people or obstacles."
Mrs Watson said the workshop would hopefully drum in important safety messages as well.
"We want these kids to understand, riding a bike isn’t just a walk in the park, but can be dangerous if they don’t know what they’re doing or what to look out for," she said.
"By the end of the course, we often find a child is more confident and reassures their parents, which is really what we want at the end of the day."
Two lessons will be held at Croydon Park Netball Courts, Brighton Avenue, Croydon Park, at 9am and 11am, with all participants required to arrive 30 minutes prior to their session start time. Children taking part must also be accompanied by an adult during the session; bring their own bike and helmet; and not have training wheels.
To register, go to cb.city/cycleskills2018 or for more information, call Council’s Recreation Officer on 9707 9236.
6/02/2018 2:57 PM