Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million over the next three years to expand the Bikes in Schools and cycle skills education to get more Kiwi kids on their bikes.
“Cycling is a fun, easy way to make exercise part of everyday life. These programmes are about giving our kids space to develop the skills and confidence to safely ride a bike,” said Julie Anne Genter.
“In the 1980s more than half of school kids walked or cycled to school; today it’s less than a third. We want to turn that around.”
The Bikes in Schools programme involves installing a riding track within school grounds to allow student to learn and practise riding their bike in a safe area. Schools projects typically also include a fleet of bikes, helmets and bike storage facilities. Over the next three years $6.7 million will be invested in support the roll out of Bikes in School to approximately 120 schools across New Zealand. This is expect to give an additional 43,000 Kiwi kids access to Bikes in Schools facilities.
“New funding for Bikes in Schools will be increasingly targeted towards low-decile primary schools. Not every child has a bike at home so this will help ensure kids don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn to ride,” said Julie Anne Genter.