A new bike track in one of Sydney’s most popular parks will fire up the imagination of children of all ages and help kids get more confident on two wheels.
The new children’s bike track at Sydney Park will be launched by Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Sunday 15 November, supporting the growing number of children learning to ride.
The bike track features exciting new twists, turns and challenges to help young riders learn to ride safely on two wheels.
“We’ve designed this new track to fire up the imaginations of children of all ages and abilities and provide a safe haven for parents to coax children off training wheels,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
The Sydney Park children’s bike track is next to the Sydney Park Cycling Centre and a shaded learn-to-ride area where thousands of children already take part in balance bike clinics and learn-to-ride school courses each year.
New BBQ facilities and picnic areas have also been created for families near the track.
The park features almost five kilometres of shared paths for people walking and riding and a children’s playground with tactile play equipment to stimulate the senses of touch, hearing and sight.
A recent University of Sydney study found nearly a quarter of all NSW school children are overweight or obese, and cycling is one of the most effective ways children can stay active.
Public Health Professor Chris Rissel says getting children active early in life was important for their emotional development and physical health.
“Cycling is a pathway towards growing independence for children. It improves balance and strength and can help improve spatial awareness,” Professor Rissel said.
“Having fun while being active is a perfect way for children to maintain a healthy weight.”
The launch of the bike track will feature free entertainment and refreshments. The Lord Mayor will officially launch the track at 11.30am.
Sydney Park is made up of 40 hectares of grassy slopes, landscaped gardens, rolling hills with fantastic views of Sydney and picturesque wetlands.