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On your bike . . . Construction of the children's learn-to-ride bike park at Friendly Bay is progressing well. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Oamaru’s learn-to-ride bike park at Friendly Bay is taking shape.

Construction started last month. The track, which has been laid out and had the gravel poured, will eventually be sealed.

The bike park will provide a safe, family-friendly place for children to learn to ride a bike and acquire road safety skills.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said he was pleased with the progress made so far.

“It’s looking great. We’d dealt with it for so long as a plan and actually seeing it come to fruition is fantastic. When it is complete, it will be a really great experience.”

would resemble the popular children’s bike park in Napier, which features traffic lights, give way and stop signs, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.

“The look will be similar when it’s constructed, but we are certainly putting our own touches on it with the playground equipment. With the landscaping that’s going to be put in, I think it’s going to have a distinctive steampunk playground look about it.”

While the bike park surface is scheduled to be completed before Christmas, the bike park won’t open until January.

Play equipment will be installed on the islands created by the track, and the second stage – landscaping on the seaward side of the bike park with a seating area and wall – will be completed before the track is ready for use in the new year.

While the $250,000 bike park north of the pedestrian rail bridge at Oamaru’s waterfront was officially a Friendly Bay Railway Bridge Restoration Trust project, it was spearheaded by Mr Kircher and deputy mayor Melanie Tavendale after the idea was first mooted on social media two years ago.

The council committed about $130,000 to the project and approved plans for the park last year.

In October, the Otago Community Trust granted $55,000 towards the project.