Riding for success in bike challenge

LOCAL primary school students took advantage of the sunny skies last Friday to learn about bike safety and participate in the Wellington Shire Bike Ed Challenge.

Hosted by Araluen Primary School, Sale, the annual bike challenge is designed to increase bicycle safety and educate students about bicycle road rules.

Primary school students from Rosedale, Heyfield, Stratford and Araluen participated in the day, which included a bike safety session by Sale police Senior Constable Chris King.

“We go over bike safety, how to prevent thefts, road rules and reminders to wear helmets,” Sen-Const King said.

“The day is all about road safety education.”

Students were given a bicycle safety induction and led on a walking tour of the bicycle track at Araluen to explain the rules of the challenge, which replicates real road rules and safety procedures.

After completing a practice ride of the course, students from each school participated in teams of eight to complete the challenge.

Students completed a full circuit of the track, which included riding around obstacles, stopping at traffic lights and obeying road signs.

Gippsland Grammar School students attended the challenge as guest judges, and scored each team out of 100 on their ability to complete the challenge safely.

Heyfield Primary School achieved the highest score, followed closely by Stratford.

The two winning teams will attend the challenge regional final at the Morwell Traffic School on October 15.

The winning teams will receive a $200 voucher from RoadSafe to attend the final.