Saddle-up for new AusBike

Published 12:00pm 15 September 2023

Saddle-up for new AusBike
Words by Nick Crockford

Burpengary Aquatic Centre is one of the Belgravia Leisure venues selected to join AusBike – a program aiming to reverse the decline in active travel to school.

The learn-to-ride program, run in conjunction with AusCycling, is designed to instil confidence and competence in youngsters aged five to 12.

After a successful pilot program spanning two terms and 5000 children, AusBike has officially launched across selected Belgravia Leisure-managed venues.

"Our mission is to get one million kids active and AusBike aligns perfectly with our goal of promoting healthier lifestyles within our communities,” General Manager of Programs, Grant Connors, said.

"During the pilot program, we witnessed the positive impact it had and we're anticipating more children discovering the pure joy of cycling. We're thrilled to be a part of this initiative.”

These venues will serve as hubs of fun and learning, where children can develop the foundational skills needed for a lifetime of cycling adventures.

Saddle-up for new AusBike

AusBike's CORE4Skills provides a structured approach to developing fundamental bike skills in children of all levels of experience.

“With such a staggering decline in active travel to school, we believe AusBike will help to not only build confidence, but also see people fall in love with bike riding again and see participation in activity grow,” Marne Fechner, CEO of AusCycling, said.

“We’ve involved a broad range of experts to develop this program to ensure it is beneficial for both Australian children and their parents.”

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC), a supporter of AusBike, recognises the importance such programs in promoting physical, mental, and social health.

"We believe that sport has a place for everyone and by catering for children at any stage of their bike riding journey, AusBike will encourage children that may not have hopped on a bike before to give cycling a go,” Kieren Perkins, CEO of ASC, said.

To enrol in AusBike register here.

Saddle-up for new AusBike

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