Balancing and Braking

Cath, from Kids Bike Taupō, came to school to help our children in Nga Tui learn to ride and develop their biking skills. We learnt about helmet fit, bike safety, bike maintenance and biking skills. 

Kids Bike Taupō

Kids Bike Taupō started in 2012 with the aim of getting kids of all ages on bikes. Since then Cath Oldfield has developed a very successful programme and now has a big van with 30 or so bikes providing a mobile service to the Taupō community. Since 2012 Cath has taught more than 200 kids each year to ride bikes. 

Kids Bike Taupō Long Term Goals for Children by the end of Year 2

  • Can ride on two wheels competently. Demonstrated by starting and stopping alone, negotiating a cone obstacle course and ride our low see-saw and easy ramps.
  • Will be able to identify a properly fitted helmet and ask for help if it doesn’t fit.
  • Will be able to check if the tyres are inflated enough and get help to pump them up.
  • Will be able to check if the brakes work well and tell an adult if they don’t.

Children learning to ride stayed with Cath on the courts to develop peddling, balance, coordination and braking. More experienced riders practiced their braking on the grass hill with Mrs Griffin.

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Laura said, I didn’t give up. Now I can ride by myself.

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Rose said, I love riding, it’s fun.

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Keywords:biking, fitness, balance, biking skills

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