Young cyclists test their safety skills

Last updated 09:00 07/12/2013
Brianna Dobson negotiates the cones on the obstacle course as Senior Constable Allan Wright watches.
EASY DOES IT: Brianna Dobson negotiates the cones on the obstacle course as Senior Constable Allan Wright watches.

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Manawatu's safest cyclist has been found, and it's Noah MacDermin from Monrad Intermediate.

Noah was named the Central Districts' Young Cyclist of the Year at Palmerston North police station yesterday.

The year 7 student had competed in theory and practical tests against cyclists from Whanganui, Palmerston North, Tararua, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Rangitikei and Ruapehu under the watchful eye of police and Horizons Regional Council staff.

Senior Constable Allan Wright said the standard of competitors this year was high.

"I've been very impressed with the standard at this year's competition. It's testament to the effort these kids and road safety partners put in throughout the year," he said. Horizons Regional Council road safety co-ordinator Glenda Leitao was also impressed with the calibre of participants.

"Cycling is really gaining momentum across the region and we have a number of skilled young cyclists coming through.

"This competition is a great way to celebrate that while enhancing students' skills and promoting cycle safety."

Part of the competition included a 3-kilometre road ride that took students through 15 intersections, including give ways, traffic lights, roundabouts and uncontrolled intersections.

There was also an obstacle course at Barber Hall to navigate and a theory test.

The annual competition is now in its 14th year.

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