Getting kids' bike skills back on track
Getting bike skills back on trackTOM HUNT
The shrubbery is planted, the gravel laid. Now it is time to ride.
A new children's cycle track - a hybrid between a BMX and mountainbike track - has been officially opened in what was a little-used corner of the Island Bay town belt.
"Our aim was to provide an off-road cycling loop with ups, downs and fun features, that children and adults could use to gain skills and confidence," organising committee member Kether Gati said.
"From inception to official opening took a little over a year, but we got there . . .
"There was a definite void to be filled for a locally accessible and family-friendly track.
"The idea is that kids and adults can visit the track easily and build the skills they need to be able to utilise all the other wonderful mountainbike trails that make this city one of - if not the - best mountainbiking capitals in the world."
Deputy Mayor Justin Lester opened the track this month, with the winner of the inaugural Le Mans-style bike race, Izzy Dee, officially cutting the ribbon to open the track.
Along with the fun, the track was seen as a "stepping stone for skill development", Gati said.
The total cost of the track was about $6000 with funding from the Wellington City Council, and others. The council, local businesses, and the Wellington Mountain Bike Club donated material and equipment.
The track was resurfaced with 16 cubic metres of gravel moved on to the track by volunteers in a single day. Native shrubs have also been planted around the track, to enhance the area and control dust.
The track is at the bottom of Adelaide Rd, opposite Wakefield Park between Berhampore and Island Bay. It is next to a skate park.
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