Riding with children
Research has shown the benefits for children who cycle are far ranging from greater cardiovascular fitness to increased independence and ability to assess risk. Off-road trails are a great place to ride as a family while gaining confidence for riding on the road.
Teaching children to ride
If you want to encourage more cycling to your school, there is support available:
School Travel Plan Programme
The Wellington Region’s School Travel Plan Programme is a joint partnership between schools, local councils and Greater Wellington which supports communities to promote and implement safe and active travel.
We have our own School Travel Plan Coordinator here in the Wairarapa who can support you to set up active travel initiatives. You can find out more about the programme and download a free Active Travel Toolkit from Greater Wellington’s website.
Pedal Ready is a cycle skills programme provided free to schools in the Wellington region. Training involves a bike and helmet safety check, bike handling skills and exercises to build confidence on a bike. To find out more and request a booking, check out the Pedal Ready website.