READY TO RIDE: Taranganba State School students from left, Stahna, Mitchell, Mason, Josh and Kane are taking part in the Let’s Ride program at the school.
READY TO RIDE: Taranganba State School students from left, Stahna, Mitchell, Mason, Josh and Kane are taking part in the Let’s Ride program at the school. Chris Ison

Let’s Ride teaches valuable skills to Taranganba students

ROCKHAMPTON'S Brett Ruff can recall his days at school where he'd have to race to grab a spot among the 300 bike racks.

The keen cyclist, who has been riding since he was about seven, said he wanted to see more kids enjoying the activity.

That's what led Brett to facilitate the Let's Ride program on the Capricorn Coast at Taranganba State School, which is a first for the region.

Brett said Let's Ride was a national junior riding program designed by Cycling Australia (CA) to be a fun learning experience for kids.

The program teaches them to ride safely by developing their knowledge, skills and confidence, giving parents peace of mind.

"We're rolling it out again next term and hoping to get more schools in the area on board," Brett told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week. "With childhood obesity issues, and parents reluctant to let their kids ride on their own to school, this program gives kids the confidence and knowledge to ride safely.

"When you start thinking about the amount of kids waiting to be picked up from school and parking issues, if you had half the kids riding it would make a big difference.

"So it makes a lot of sense from a community perspective as well."

The six-week program is currently in its final week at Taranganba State School which Brett said was going well.

"We're also holding some school holiday ones as well for anyone who wants to get involved," Brett said.

LET'S RIDE

To find out more, visit letsride.com.au for upcoming sessions on the Capricorn Coast over the school holidays.

There are several different levels to the program for different age groups, starting from under eight up to 12.



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