Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (CGLLEN) is helping schools across Ararat Rural City to deliver bicycle education through the VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants Program.
CGLLEN successfully applied for funding to provide Bike Ed Instructor Training for staff and volunteers from Ararat West Primary, Maroona Primary, Willaura Primary, St Mary’s Primary, Ararat North Primary and Moyston Primary schools, as well as Lake Bolac College.
Acting Executive Officer Jane Moriarty said having locally trained instructors would allow students between nine and 13 years of age to develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.
“We applied for funding through the Department of Transport after our schools identified a desire to have experienced, and preferably qualified, Bike Ed staff in their school communities,” she said.
“Bike Ed is an important program that inspires students to develop their bicycle riding skills and their physical capabilities and gain knowledge and understanding of the road traffic environment and road rules in and around Ararat.
“Both CGLLEN and the seven schools involved are extremely grateful to VicRoads for allowing us to run this training course for staff and parents who are involved in the planning and delivery of safe cycling programs.”
St Mary’s Primary School teacher, Georgie Peel, completed the training earlier this year and said she was looking forward to sharing her newly acquired knowledge with students in the Bike Ed program.”
“Having trained staff and volunteers within our school makes it so much easier to plan and deliver Bike Ed,” Ms Peel said.
“I learned so much from the training and I can’t wait to get out on the bikes with our students and help them become safe cyclists.”