Kakanui track aims to better bike skill

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After two and a-half years, Kakanui School’s bike track is finally a reality.
Ribbon-cutting duties were carried out by Waitaki deputy mayor and Kakanui resident Melanie Tavendale and Kakanui School principal Ann Roughan last Friday, much to the delight of pupils who took test drives around the track as soon as the ribbon was cut.
The plan for the track, which loops around the school’s grass field and behind the school’s main building, was finalised eight weeks ago, and it was laid during the recent school holidays.
Mrs Roughan said, initially, it was planned to open the track earlier.
“We wanted to start it last year but it wasn’t going to happen.”
The track, which came at a cost of $15,000, was funded through a quiz night and the school’s main fundraiser, the Kakanui Big Beach Day at Campbell’s Bay.
Future fundraisers will be held to pay for give way and stop signs for the track, which will also have pedestrian crossing lines painted on it.
A bikeathon is also being planned.
Mrs Roughan said the track was the ideal way for pupils to improve their cycle skills and confidence.
“That’s the aim of it _ having a track for kids to do their safety skills and bike skills. We found some kids had no bike skills at all.
“It’s something different. Most of our children do bike to school or walk, so it will encourage then even more.”

The track is open to the public.