Local Council Info

Why support 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.

The new National Cycle Education System recently launched by the NZ Transport Agency and ACC provides further central government incentives for local councils to support Bikes in Schools projects in their area.

“Bikes in Schools Regional partners are encouraged to invest in the Bikes in Schools model; it is a central part of a systematic approach to ‘equipping Kiwis to get around by bike’”

National Cycle Education System Briefing Paper
NZTA/ACC – July 2017

Summary document

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

Central government supports Bikes in Schools

New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency has partnered with ACC in the development of a National Cycling Education System, in collaboration with a range of cross-government stakeholders, to maximise impact and deliver multiple benefits. Focussing on children and their families, this system will help build their confidence and knowledge – from learning to ride a bike through to transitioning to on-road riding when they are ready.

As part of this new National Cycle Education System, for the next four years, there is an annual allocation of $600,000 to contribute to Bikes in Schools projects (seed funding). This will be administered through the Bike On NZ Charitable Trust who will work closely with regional partners (local councils) to identify appropriate schools to financially assist.

Helping more kids learn to ride a bike for life
NZTA / ACC media release

Cycling Education System
NZTA / ACC Information fact sheet

National Cycle Education System
NZTA / ACC Briefing Paper for councils

“We’re developing this national programme using very best practice, some of it homegrown right here in New Zealand. We are leading the world with our Bikes in Schools programme”

Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges
July 2017


Accident Compensation Corporation

ACC is also supporting Bikes in Schools as a co-funder of the National Cycle Education System and see Bikes in Schools as an opportunity to reach children with important road safety and other injury prevention messages.

ACC also has produced two ACC SportSmart Bike Basics videos (featuring Sarah Walker) that are sent to all Bikes in Schools projects.

Helmet Check 2-4-1
ACC video

ABC Bike Check
ACC video

New Zealand Government

Former NZ Prime 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.”
Former NZ Prime Minister John Key talking about Bikes in Schools
3 News media story, 2010

“Fitter, healthier, more engaged young people”

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

Former Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says: “We want more schools to be able to create safe ways of learning the basics of cycling and promoting general exercise”.

Government supports school cycle and fitness tracks
Hon Nikki Kaye media release

Local councils supporting Bikes in Schools

Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport is supporting the Bikes in Schools programme in a number of ways including the provision of cycle skills training at all Auckland schools with Bikes in School projects.

Auckland Transport Manager of Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Kathryn King says, “We invest in the Bikes in Schools project for the obvious outcomes, like children getting day to day fun out of riding. But we also have a plan for transport choices for all Aucklanders and these projects mean every time someone uses the track they are gaining the skills they need to try biking to work or another place they might have taken the car or public transport.”

Ranui School celebrates new Bikes in Schools track
Auckland Transport video

Henderson Valley School’s new bike track
Auckland Transport video

Bikes in Schools Auckland
Auckland Transport video

Auckland Council

Auckland Council has awarded a significant regional sports and recreation grant to help further expand the highly successful Bikes in Schools project throughout the area.

Councillor Christine Fletcher says, “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,” and “Bikes in Schools already partners with the council, Auckland Transport, Auckland Regional Sports Trusts and local schools”.

More bikes in schools needed
Auckland Council media release

Bikes in Schools Auckland celebrates 25th school
Auckland Council media release

Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council has so far helped fund six local schools with more in the pipeline.  The funding of $350,000 has been used for bikes, bike helmets, bike tracks, and bike storage.

Councillor Aleisha Rutherford says: “The council’s contribution to creating 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.”

Helping children onto bikes
Palmerston North City Council media release

Gisborne District Council

The Gisborne District Council is supporting their local Bikes in Schools Gisborne with $500,000 of funding to the Connect Community Trust which is managing the implementation of Bikes in Schools for at least fifteen local schools.

Bikes in Schools
Gisborne District Council media release

15 Tairawhiti schools will have cycle tracks by 2018
Bikes in Schools Gisborne media release

Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has so far helped fund six local Bikes in School projects, with another three in progress. The funding of $200,000 pa is used towards bikes, helmets, bike tracks, and bike storage.

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”.

Bikes in Schools
Wellington City Council Video

More Wellington kids riding bikes
Wellington City Council media release

WCC Bikes in Schools
Wellington City Council video

Greater Wellington Regional Council

The Greater Wellington Regional Council has financially contributed towards two pilot Bikes in Schools projects in the Greater Wellington area, Pinehaven School in Upper Hutt and Tawhai School in Lower Hutt.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council also supports cycle skills training (Pedal Ready) for all Bikes in Schools projects throughout the Greater Wellington region.

Bikes in Schools
Greater Wellington Regional Council information

Bikes in Schools School Guide
Greater Wellington Regional Council guide

Summary document

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

Contact us

The Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust
027 747 9192

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