10 Mar 2020
Across the ACT, our public schools have been installing a range of bike tracks for students and members of the community to use.
Duffy Primary School and Mount Stromlo High School have both recently installed bike tracks which are proving very popular.
Principal of Mt Stromlo, Peter Radford said the school was part of the Schools Safe Cycling Program and due to the success and popularity of the program they decided to do something ‘extra’.
The brief for track builder Gareth Paton at Iconic Trails was to create something to suit all riders.
“Any rider can have fun, but there is also enough to challenge more advanced riders,” Gareth said.
One such rider is Tom in Year 10 who rides as part of a club outside of school and yet still finds the Stromlo track enjoyable.
Tom said he had mates who loved the track and it was awesome seeing young kids getting into the sport.
The track at Stromlo is already well loved and used and there is a strong rider community.
“This is not just a great thing for the students of Stromlo, but also the community of Weston Creek,” Peter said.
Deputy Principal at Duffy Primary School, Dave Corcoran said the school’s bike track was a response to the desire from the school community to implement a playground feature to keep children active, before, during and after school.
“As we have an active bike riding community, we thought a track would be popular,” he said.
“We used an area of the playground that previously had little use and also linked it to the carbon forest that is adjacent.”
Owen in Year 4 said it was great to ride to school in the morning and then be able to go on the track.