Rata St raises $60,000 for new cycle track and bikes

Darryl Lansdown-Hogan tries out the new cycle track at Rata St School. The school raised $60,000 for the project

Darryl Lansdown-Hogan tries out the new cycle track at Rata St School. The school raised $60,000 for the project

Rata St School has a brand new $60,000 bike track that is sure to get plenty of use.

The school has run regular skills sessions for pupils on an old track, but some children were unable to participate, as they didn't own a bike.

Funding has allowed the school to upgrade the track and purchase bikes, and a storage container.

Manaia Sydney was one of the first on the new track at Rata St School..
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Manaia Sydney was one of the first on the new track at Rata St School..

All the pupils now have access to the 450-metre long, figure-of-eight track.

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Principal Dave Appleyard said the benefits are bigger than just teaching kids to ride.

"More kids enjoying themselves on bikes means more exercise, better concentration in class, better health overall, and less cars on the road as more pupils feel confident biking to school."

The track will be open on weekends for any local children and their caregivers to enjoy.

"Thanks to the efforts of the fundraising team, sponsors and supporters, we now have this brilliant facility for our whole community to use."

The Hutt City Council, the Wright Family Foundation, Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust and Ministry of Education all contributed to the fundraising effort.

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The Naenae Playcentre and Naenae Community Kindergarten will both be regular users.

 - Stuff

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