Although cycling to school is not as common as it once was, bike and pump tracks within schools are popular. They are generally also open to the community after school hours. But they don’t come cheap.
The latest school to begin setting one up is Ōrewa Beach.
The school has a large field, providing space for a 350m long track, complete with speed humps, jumps and a separate pump track. Principal Katherine Pascoe says it will be a community bike track, for all students and available out of school hours too.
“We see this track as something to encourage our students and their families to be outside together,” she says.
So far the school has obtained $59,000 in grants towards the $100,000 that the project is estimated to cost.
The school is in the process of looking for support and sponsorship to help close that funding gap.
“We are open to parts of this track being named by families or companies for donations – we have a large fence surrounding the track where lots of signs can go where everyone will see them,” Katherine says.
“We would also love to hear from anyone in our community that would like to sponsor bikes, helmets or a storage container.”
Anyone who can help, phone the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 – the year for bike tracks!
Whangaparāoa School opened its 530m bike and separate pump track, in 2017. Around $85,000 was needed to build the bike track alone. • Gulf Harbour School and Wainui School also opened bike tracks in 2017. Gulf Harbour School raised around $50,000 to build its 350m long, 2m wide track.