DPTI's Way2Go Bike Ed program, delivered by Bicycle SA, has recently been to Airdale Primary in Port Pirie for the first time, with another 48 schools planned for this financial year.
With the weather warming up and school holidays here, more children will be out on their bikes. The Way2Go Bike Ed program teaches primary school children in years four to seven bicycle handling skills, road rules and traffic skills.
"We have been funding this program since 1995 and in the last four years approximately 15,000 children have participated in the program learning valuable skills to help them ride safely," said DPTI Road Safety Executive Director Julie Holmes.
Principal of Woodville Primary, whose students recently completed the program, said the intensive program helps children gain an understanding of the road laws, develop their bike riding skills and learn to be more responsible on the roads. Some families even purchased a bike for their child to participate.
"We are keen to promote more children riding to school and being active, but we want them to do it in a safe way," said Principal Graeme Charlton. "The program helps them develop decision making skills to help keep them safe on the roads while riding their bikes."
Other schools that have completed the program in Term 3 include East Marden, Seaview Downs, Grange, North Haven and Suttontown Mt. Gambier.
The program is thorough, with accredited instructors teaching skills over seven sessions of 1.5 hours duration in the metropolitan area or an intensive full week in regional areas.
It is an integral part of the Way2Go program, where schools develop a whole school travel plan to increase the number of children cycling, walking, skating or scooting to school. Way2Go supports school communities via teaching materials and workshops as well as information for parents to further support children cycling confidently and competently.
Eligible schools that have registered their interest in receiving the program will find out if they are successful by the end of the year.
For more information visit www.dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go/bike_ed