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Keeping kids active and safe on bikes

By Michael Reid - 14 June 2016 20

Cycling Facility Concept Design (3) [2464972]

Two new learn to ride centres will provide the capital’s young cyclists with a safe place to practice valuable riding skills.

Road safety minister Shane Rattenbury said the new facilities at Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra would simulate a real road environment and provide a practical facility for parents, schools and community groups to train children learning to ride a bicycle.

“The ACT has a strong cycling culture and it is important that children learn the fundamentals of safe riding in an environment that, as far as possible, mirrors real riding conditions,” Rattenbury said.

“Older Canberrans may remember learning to ride at similar facilities in Deakin and Belconnen that have since closed.

“The designs (pictured) are based on those popular facilities and will include everything you’d expect to see out in our suburbs, including footpaths, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, line markings and road signs.

Fun environment

“We’ll also have some signs in place which provide training and road safety tips and reminders.

“The centres are intended for children from preschool to year 4 and will provide a non-threatening and fun environment where kids can learn all the basics from how to safely cross the road through to independent and confident riding.”

The two centres will be located at Greenway Park in Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen.

The Tuggeranong site is adjacent to Mortimer Lewis Drive near the Indigenous Gathering Space and Indigenous artworks.

The Lake Ginninderra site is located behind the swimming area and in front of the car park off MacDermott Place.

“These sites were selected because they are close to existing car parks and recreation facilities. They also have the added bonus of some nice views across the lakes,” Rattenbury said.

“I know that some parents feel nervous about letting their kids walk and ride to school. But riding is a fun way to get to school, while helping keep our kids fit and healthy and reducing the number of cars that cause traffic congestion around drop off and pick up at school. It’s also a great way to spend time with friends.

“I hope families and schools will take advantage of these facilities to teach their kids about road safety and practical riding skills, before transitioning to independent riding and walking to school.”

Construction is due to start in September and the centres are scheduled to open in March next year.

 

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Keeping kids active and safe on bikes
TuggLife 8:28 am 16 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

rommeldog56 said :

Fantastic initiative. I went to one when I was a kid and living in Western Sydney (It was in St Marys from memory).

I think it’d be worth incorporating some traffic lights within the design to teach children the skills there as well

We used to have two in Canberra too. The old Belconnen one is still there between Purdue and Walder streets. Cannot recall where the 2nd one was, think it was Phillip but no idea where or if it can still be seen like the Belco one.

https://www.google.com/maps/@-35.2380542,149.0616501,20z/data=!3m1!1e3

It does seem odd that this one isn’t just maintained and then promoted.

Perhaps infrastructure alone isn’t enough. The one I grew up near in Adelaide had regular community classes, with bikes and trikes for use. It was also hired to school groups and staffed by Lions club volunteers.

Having the facility on its own assumes that parents have the skills and confidence to teach these skills to their kids.

Nilrem 6:16 am 16 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

We used to have two in Canberra. The old Belconnen one is still there between Purdue and Walder streets. https://www.google.com/maps/@-35.2380542,149.0616501,20z/data=!3m1!1e3

I am most likely going to get howled down for saying this, but I am going to say it anyway. Canberra had two of these facilities and one which is still in existence and not used. At some point parents stopped putting their kids bike on the bike rack and driving to these facitiles (that is if they ever did in the first place). What makes people think the two new facilities are going to be used now and into the future? Will the government maintain them? Used for a photo opportunity with a politician prior to the election, but after that I do not think so.

This and the free city loop bus service. The current government has decided to run on nostalgia platform for the coming election. Cheap useless initiatives which waste our money.

How about riding to these facilities with your kids? That’s how I used to go to the Deakin one.

rommeldog56 11:48 pm 15 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

Who’d want to teach kids how to use the road properly?! An education that could benefit them as pedestrians, cyclists and (later in life) as drivers. We must stop the waste!

STOP THE BIKES!!!

Thats it – well said ! “teach kids how to use the road properly” ? It be a better idea to keep them off the road by building, maintaining and utilising dedicated, safe bike paths instead.

Lurker2913 4:45 pm 15 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

We used to have two in Canberra. The old Belconnen one is still there between Purdue and Walder streets. https://www.google.com/maps/@-35.2380542,149.0616501,20z/data=!3m1!1e3

I am most likely going to get howled down for saying this, but I am going to say it anyway. Canberra had two of these facilities and one which is still in existence and not used. At some point parents stopped putting their kids bike on the bike rack and driving to these facitiles (that is if they ever did in the first place). What makes people think the two new facilities are going to be used now and into the future? Will the government maintain them? Used for a photo opportunity with a politician prior to the election, but after that I do not think so.

This and the free city loop bus service. The current government has decided to run on nostalgia platform for the coming election. Cheap useless initiatives which waste our money.

Holden Caulfield 3:09 pm 15 Jun 16

Will there be a “levy” or a charge put on cyclists to use these facilities ????

Yes, but only you will personally be responsible for paying it. So luckily for you your unspoken outrage can be justified.

Who’d want to teach kids how to use the road properly?! An education that could benefit them as pedestrians, cyclists and (later in life) as drivers. We must stop the waste!

STOP THE BIKES!!!

Maya123 2:03 pm 15 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

rommeldog56 said :

Fantastic initiative. I went to one when I was a kid and living in Western Sydney (It was in St Marys from memory).

I think it’d be worth incorporating some traffic lights within the design to teach children the skills there as well

When was the last time you saw a Canberra cyclist stop for a traffic light?

You can’t get out much. Most do.

dungfungus 12:10 pm 15 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

Fantastic initiative. I went to one when I was a kid and living in Western Sydney (It was in St Marys from memory).

I think it’d be worth incorporating some traffic lights within the design to teach children the skills there as well

When was the last time you saw a Canberra cyclist stop for a traffic light?

rommeldog56 11:54 am 15 Jun 16

greenbamboo said :

Will there be a “levy” or a charge put on cyclists to use these facilities ????

I guess the same levy that you and your children or other children pay for using parks and playgrounds. How much do you pay for them?

Others on here say – particularly for car parking – if u use it then pay for it. maybe they would actually support turn stalls for entry to parks ??

Maya123 11:27 am 15 Jun 16

Will there be a “levy” or a charge put on cyclists to use these facilities ????

I guess the same levy that you and your children or other children pay for using parks and playgrounds. How much do you pay for them?

Charlotte Harper 11:03 am 15 Jun 16

chewy14 said :

What a great initiative.

Isn’t it! I learnt how to cycle safely on the road at the Deakin site mentioned in the article and felt very nostalgic reading about the revival of the concept. Such an important part of growing up.

rommeldog56 10:49 am 15 Jun 16

Will there be a “levy” or a charge put on cyclists to use these facilities ????

CharlesBlack 10:46 am 15 Jun 16

What a great initiative.

JC 12:11 am 15 Jun 16

rommeldog56 said :

Fantastic initiative. I went to one when I was a kid and living in Western Sydney (It was in St Marys from memory).

I think it’d be worth incorporating some traffic lights within the design to teach children the skills there as well

We used to have two in Canberra too. The old Belconnen one is still there between Purdue and Walder streets. Cannot recall where the 2nd one was, think it was Phillip but no idea where or if it can still be seen like the Belco one.

https://www.google.com/maps/@-35.2380542,149.0616501,20z/data=!3m1!1e3

gooterz 10:19 pm 14 Jun 16

Sweet idea. Now if only we had a test track to teach Canberra drivers how to drive.

joingler 7:05 pm 14 Jun 16

Fantastic initiative. I went to one when I was a kid and living in Western Sydney (It was in St Marys from memory).

I think it’d be worth incorporating some traffic lights within the design to teach children the skills there as well

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