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Why are local councils around New Zealand supporting Bikes in Schools?

An increasing number of local councils around New Zealand have either started their own local Bikes in School programme or are directly supporting the project in other ways. This is because the outcomes achieved by Bikes in Schools projects directly support the active transport investments being made by many local councils as well as matching the community outcomes defined in council’s Long Term Plans, such as community health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and road safety. 

Additionally recent changes to NZTA’s walking and cycling funding rules offer opportunities for local councils to take advantage of NZTA subsidies in two ways;

  1. Council budget for Bikes in Schools projects can be subsidised by NZTA in a similar way to any existing council expenditure on local cycle education and promotion. This can mean that (where Bikes in Schools projects form part of a local cycle strategy) any council expenditure is matched  by NZTA. More details here.

  2. Schools in some areas UCP areas may also qualify for a NZTA grant of between $10-$15k towards the total cost of the project, depending on the size of the school. This funding is part of NZTA’s Urban Cycleways Programme and is normally associated with existing or planned cycle infrastructure projects close to the school. This funding is provided directly to the schools involved via the Bike On NZ Charitable Trust, not via local councils. More details here.

Summary document

We’ve prepared a handy summary document for local councils to download and share. Click here for the Bikes in Schools 101 for Local Councils.

New Zealand Transport Agency

nztaThe NZ Transport Agency is helping to encourage more children to bike more often and become more proficient in basic cycle skills by contributing funding to the nationwide Bikes in Schools programme.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says making cycling a safer, more reliable transport option is a core priority. “Over the next few years the Government will invest $500,000 in helping to bring cycle projects to fruition in 35 to 40 schools. We want to help support schools to be part of the Bikes in Schools programme to encourage all children to ride a bike regularly”.

In addition to contributions to qualifying schools within UCP areas, council supported Bikes in Schools programmes are also eligible for NZTA subsidy as part of a council walking and cycling behaviour change programme.

Click here for Bikes in Schools press release from The Hon Simon Bridges.

These are some of the local councils already supporting Bikes in Schools:

Wellington City Council

absolutely-positively-wellingtonWellington City Council has fully funded three local Bikes in School projects. The funding included a fleet of new bikes and bike helmets, purpose-built bike skills tracks, bike storage facility and skills training. 

West Park School, Karori West Normal School and Holy Cross School were the first three schools involved in the pilot. Councillor Andy Foster says: “This initiative is one of the ways the Council is improving road safety throughout Wellington and making the city more cycle friendly”.  Following this successful pilot project, WCC have allocated $600K for the next three years to allow them to extend the scheme to more Wellington schools.

Promotional art from Wellington City Council

Palmerston North City Council

pnccPalmerston North City Council have given their Bikes in Schools programme a $150,000 boost, the first part of a 10 year planned budget of $50,000 per year towards the programme. This local contribution is expected to stretch twice as far because changes to NZTA funding criteria are likely to see the council’s contribution matched by a subsidy.

Terrace End, St Mary’s and Longburn Schools were selected for the scheme this year after Councillor Aleisha Rutherford convinced other councillors to speed up spending on the scheme.  Councillor Rutherford said that council’s contribution to create the tracks was “ridiculously cheap” compared to many things the council did, and created enduring recreational opportunities for communities that did not have a lot.

PNCC’s councillor Chris Teo-Sherrell said the programme was incredibly successful and a good example of the value of councils and schools entering partnerships for community good. “Given the benefits for the health and wellbeing of children, it is one of the most important things we can contribute to” he said.

Promotional art from Palmerston North City Council

Auckland Transport

auckland-transportAuckland Transport are supporting the Bikes in Schools programme through providing cycle skills training at Auckland schools with Bikes in School projects.

Auckland Transport’s Community Transport Manager said: “We wanted to create opportunities for students to learn to cycle and experience cycling in a safe environment. It’s more than a cycle track, it’s about getting bikes in schools, getting children on them and teaching them the skills and confidence to ride a bike. Encouraging children to cycle is a skill for life and a healthy choice which can be carried into adulthood. We also hope that it leads to parents and caregivers exploring other recreational cycling areas together as a family outside of school hours”.

See here for Auckland Transport Bikes in Schools video.

Auckland Council

auckland-transportAuckland Council has awarded a significant regional sports and recreation grant to help further expand the highly successful Bikes in Schools programme throughout the area.

“Bikes in Schools introduced primary school children to regular bike riding in a safe school setting, building a new generation of savvy cyclists who gain a love of cycling for recreation” said Councillor Christine Fletcher. “Bikes in Schools already partners with the council, Auckland Transport, Auckland Regional Sports Trusts and local schools”.

Read the Auckland Council article “More bikes in schools needed”.

Greater Wellington Regional Council

greater-wellington-regional-councilGreater Wellington Regional Council have recently contributed $20,000 to two schools each in the Greater Wellington area – Pinehaven School in Upper Hutt and Tawhai School in Lower Hutt.

Pinehaven’s completed project cost $50,000 and included a looped riding track along with two skills tracks. The initial funding contribution from GWRC helped the school get the project off the ground much faster, and fits in well with the Regional Council’s long standing strategy of supporting development of children’s cycle skills at schools across the area.

A number of other central government organisations are also supporting Bikes in Schools:

“Fitter, healthier, more engaged young people”

NZ Prime Minister John Key, Launch of Bikes in Schools, 2010

New Zealand Government

nz-govtPrime Minister John Key opened the first Bikes in School track in Hastings in 2010.

John Key says:We think it is a great idea. It’s a great way of introducing kids to bikes and making sure every young New Zealander gets an opportunity to learn to ride a bike. So it’s a programme we would like to see extended to other schools and it’s certainly going to make sure we’ve got fitter, healthier, more engaged young people”. 

You can see the Prime Minister talking about Bikes in Schools here.

Accident Compensation Corporation

accACC is investing in ‘Bikes in Schools’ to help more children safely enjoy the benefits of being a regular bike rider. It is supporting a three year programme to help deliver the project to schools across the country.

“By supporting Bikes in Schools, ACC has the opportunity to reach children with important road safety and other injury prevention messages” says ACC.

Bikes in Schools currently teaches safety tips such as choosing the right helmet and bike, checking tyres and brakes and safe starting and stopping.

Ministry of Education

ministry-of-educationThe Ministry of Education is supporting Bikes in Schools through a recent change in how schools can use their capital funding to support building cycle tracks. Schools’ capital funding can now meet up to 50 per cent of the costs of the tracks with the schools funding the other half themselves. 

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says: “There are already at least 15 schools that have taken up the Bikes in Schools programme and we want more schools to be able to create safe ways of learning the basics of cycling and promotion general exercise. This can be difficult for schools in built up cities, for example, primary schools in central Auckland”.

See here for the Bikes in Schools press release from the Hon Nikki Kaye.

Summary document

We’ve prepared a handy summary document for local councils to download and share. Click here for the Bikes in Schools 101 for Local Councils.

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