Find out what's involved in Pedal Ready cycle skills training and learn how to support your child to ride safely.
What is Pedal Ready?
Pedal Ready is a new free programme to teach cycle skills to children in years 5-8. Our instructors teach cycle skills compliant with the New Zealand Transport Agency Cycle Skills Guidelines. Find out more about the skills we teach.
How will Pedal Ready benefit my child?
Riding a bike is one of life’s great joys and an avenue to adventure; something many of us did as kids and something we want to pass on to our own children. Children who participate in cycle skills training develop motor skills, balance, independence, the fundamentals of bike maintenance, acquire a wide range of skills and learn to value physical activity.
Is it safe?
Yes. Safety for the children is managed in a number of ways; teaching in an environment suitable for the learner’s ability, teaching with a high ratio of adults:children, and using instructors who have been vetted and adhere to a Child Protection Policy.
What can I do to help?
Pedal Ready is a schools-based programme, but as a parent, there are plenty of ways you can help your child learn to cycle. Family friendly events are a good way to build on skills and are fun to take part in.
Some important safety tips
Maintain your child’s bicycle regularly – check their brakes, tyres and chain. If you have any doubts, it’s best to get their bike serviced by an expert or cycle shop.
Lead by example. Teach your child the correct road rules, and ride with them if they are under the age of ten.
Enrol your child on a cyclist skills training course, to build their cycling confidence and skills.
For more information check out NZTA's Bike Safety Facetsheet.
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