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Let’s ride program exceeds expectations for WA school

Lets ride participants at Floreat Park Primary School

Image: Let's Ride participants at Floreat Park Primary School in Western Australia

Year 5 students from Floreat Park Primary School in WA are reaping the rewards from the recent Sporting Schools bike education program, Let’s Ride.

Let’s Ride is a national junior riding program designed by Cycling Australia to teach students how to ride safely by developing their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Acting Floreat Park Primary School Principal, Mark Walters, said the program, delivered by local specialist “Bike Smart”, had exceeded everyone’s expectations.

"I have been present at the lessons which started with an excellent introduction session, attended by parents and students. The session used video and practical demonstrations to really engage students and parents with the program from the start. Every student has taken part in each session without fail and the knowledge and understanding they have gained has been excellent,” Mark said.

In WA, “Bike Smart” further enhance the Let’s Ride experience and provide:

  • the supply of helmets and bicycles if needed
  • use of mobile traffic lights to teach students in real world contexts
  • video demonstrations
  • advanced instruction on gear usage, blind spots, precision stopping and,
  • a special ‘triathlon event’ at the end of the course where the students put their new skills into practise.

“Our entire school community very much hopes that the Sporting Schools program continues to receive the required funding in order to maintain the delivery of such high quality, and potentially lifesaving learning experiences for students,” Mark said.

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Let's Ride program at your school? Check out all the details on the Cycling Australia page.