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    TRAINING: St Mary’s Primary School teachers Eliza Griffiths, left, and Georgie Peel have completed their ‘Bike Ed’ training and are ready to help students such as Jacob, pictured, learn to cycle safely.

Bicycle instruction rolling out in Ararat district

Ararat district school children are gaining greater insight into the rules, regulations and safety surrounding bicycle riding as part of a safety program.

Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network is helping promote bicycle safety by providing training for staff members and volunteers at Ararat West, Maroona, Willaura, St Mary’s, Ararat North and Moyston primary schools and Lake Bolac College.

CGLLEN has provided the training after being successful in its application for funding through a VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants program. 

Acting executive officer Jane Moriarty said having Ararat-district-trained instructors would allow students aged between nine and 13 to develop skills they needed to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.

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“We applied for funding through the Department of Transport after our schools identified a desire to have experienced, and preferably qualified, ‘Bike Ed’ staff in their school communities,” she said.

“Bike Ed is an important program that inspires students to develop their bicycle-riding skills and their physical capabilities and gain knowledge and understanding of the road-traffic environment and road rules in and around Ararat. 

“CGLLEN and the seven schools involved are extremely grateful to VicRoads for allowing us to run this training course for staff and parents who are involved in the planning and delivery of safe-cycling programs.” 

St Mary’s Primary School teacher Georgie Peel completed the training earlier this year and said she was looking forward to sharing her newly acquired knowledge with students.

“Having trained staff and volunteers within our school makes it so much easier to plan and deliver Bike Ed,” she said. 

“I learned so much from the training and I can’t wait to get out on the bikes with our students and help them become safe cyclists.” 

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