Free clinics will teach kids to ride

Free clinics will teach kids to ride

Kids in Sydney can get outdoors and learn to ride at free bike clinics these summer school holidays.

Expert instructors will be on hand at Sydney Park Cycling Centre to help parents teach their kids to ride using balance bikes, which do not have pedals or training wheels. The clinics will run from 8 to 25 January.

“In the past year, 3,935 children have learnt to ride at our Sydney Park cycling clinics,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Riding a bike is a rite of passage for many children and can open the door to a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.”

“Summer is a great time to get outdoors and spend time together and the bike track at Sydney Park provides a safe haven for families to encourage their kids into a lifetime of happy riding.”

Balance bikes are designed to improve children’s balance and coordination as they use their feet to propel and stop themselves. Helmets and up to 20 balance bikes are provided at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre to help children aged 3 to 8 get rolling.

For older children, five kilometres of shared paths around the park provide a fun, traffic-free environment to explore on two wheels, with family-friendly BBQ facilities and picnic points along the way.

The City’s Sydney Park Cycling Centre picked up a NSW Kidsafe design award in 2016 for its child-sized roads, miniature traffic lights, sweeping paths and tunnels.

A recent national survey by the Australian Bicycle Council found 42,500 City of Sydney residents ride in a typical week and 40 per cent of teenagers in the City ride regularly – twice the rate of greater Sydney.

More information:

  • Free balance bike clinics will run during the summer school holidays from 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday from 8 January to Thursday 25 January.
  • No need to book, just turn up and register with the instructors at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre. Balance bikes and helmets are provided.
  • Sydney Park Cycling Centre provides secure bike parking, or is a short walk from St Peter’s train station. Limited car parking is also available.
  • For more information visit sydneycycleways.net/events/categories/courses/balance-bike-clinics/

For more details, contact City of Sydney Media Officer Mark Ames on 02 9246 7395, mobile 0477 705 407 or email mames@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact 02 8974 4165 or email media@clovermoore.com.au