Bicycle Network: Volunteers
Dusting Off Bike Skills
Ride2School volunteers transformed Packer Park in Carnegie into a giant bike skills circuit as part of Dust Off Your Bike Day.
The day, organised by the Climate Change Our Future (Glen Eira & Monash) group, aimed to raise the profile of bikes as a form of transport. Members of the group distributed information about the benefits of cycling, and shared their knowledge of routes and safety issues in the area. Local Police also attended, and were kept busy engraving bikes.
The bike skills circuit was popular with riders of all ages and levels of experience. Ride2School volunteers Rose, Sally and Andrew had marked out the paths around the park as a test of riding skills. These included slalom, roundabouts, emergency braking and even a bike limbo. The more adventurous could test their MTB skills on some off-road ramps and jumps.
The volunteers were able to advise the riders how to best negotiate the obstacles, and were excited to see new skills being developed. They were also happy to assist with the correct adjustment of bikes and helmets.
Riders who completed the course were happy to receive Ride2School lanyards and stickers. Most riders completed at least a few circuits, with some young enthusiasts lapping the course for an hour or more!
Thankyou to Ride2School volunteer Andrew for this fantastic story.