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.
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“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.
“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.