The Bikes in Schools Program in New Zealand continues to grow and get kids active and loving bikes. 2015 has already seen the introduction of the program Pinehaven School in Upper Hutt. And in 2014, 9 schools also joined the program. At Pinehaven they now have three [YES THREE!!!] different bike tracks, 50 new bikes, a storage container and a helmet for every child at the school. The 500m+ long limesand track also includes a mini zebra crossing across a riding track. How cool is that?!
Schools that were part of the BikeOn Bikes in Schools Program in 2014:
- Irongate School in Flaxmere opened their brand new 450m track around the school grounds on 21st October 2014. The concensus was that not only did a new bike track mean kids had a permanent area to ride the school bikes, but that "the track made the school grounds look even better, giving it an almost park-like appearance". Read more about the Irongate School Bikes Program here.
- Waihi East School's grand opening of their new track was on 15th October 2014. The school plans to start a bike club next term, and is hoping next year to start hosting an inter-school bike competition for the area too. Read more about the Waihi East School's Bikes Program here.
- Kimi Ora Community School opened their program on 5 September 2014. The school received 45 new bikes and a huge bike storage container to keep them safe and in good condition all year long. Read more about the Kimi Ora Community School Bikes Program here.
- Tongariro School became a BikeOn school on 4 April 2014 - This bikes in schools project caters for all the children from year 1 through to year 13. Along with the track the school has a fleet of new bikes, a set of helmets and a excellent bike storage shed. Read more about the Tongariro School Bikes Program here.
- Mahora Primary School opened their track on 9 May 2014. In addition to the three bike tracks, the fifty bikes and the 350 helmets, the school also has also put in place a converted forty foot shipping container to store all their bikes in. Read about the Mahora Primary School Bikes Program here.
- Ruakaka Primary School had their grand track opening on 14 March 2014. Along with the track the school has a large fleet of new bikes and helmets for all the students to use. They will also be getting some cycle skills training. Read about the Ruakaka Primary School Bikes Program here.
- Ata Marie Te Kōhanga Reo On the 26 March 2014 this school opened their new bike track which is designed for very young riders, along with bikes and helmets - lots of fun for the littlest riders here! Read more about the Ata Marie Te Kohanga Reo bikes in pre-schools program here.
- Putaruru Primary School opening a new 1 km riding track on 11 March 2014, along with a growing fleet of new bikes and helmets for the students to use. Read more about the Putaruru Primary School Bikes Program here.
- Titahi Bay Primary School Bike Track opened on 26 February 2014 - a huge number of kids already ride their bikes to school here but a new bike track means they can now ride during lunchtime too! Read about the Titahi Bay Primary School Bikes Program here.