Kids on bikes: learn to ride and create confident riders

While the weather is cooling down in Australia and we may feel more inclined to hibernate indoors, it’s a great time to keep the kids out and about on their bikes.  If they are learning to ride, could use some confidence building on their two wheels or want to learn some new skills, riding schools are a great option.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and we’d love to hear of other riding schools around the country to add to our list so please let us know!


Melbourne

Essendon Traffic School

Address: Corner Albion and Lawson Streets, Essendon

Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. It is a safe place for kids to practice riding their bicycles and learn about road rules.

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Kew Traffic School

Address: Corner Cotham and Grange Roads, Kew

With roads, roundabouts, intersections, traffic lights, street signs, railway crossings and mini trams, the Kew Traffic School is a great place for children aged between 2 and 10 years to gain confidence and develop road safety skills, away from the dangers of real traffic.

The track is suitable for bikes, scooters and ride-on pedal cars.

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Camelot Traffic School

Address: 70F East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East

The Camelot Traffic School is set up with mini roads, complete with roundabouts, road signs, a rail crossing and traffic lights.

The traffic school gives children the opportunity to gain practical experience riding their bikes or scooters while understanding the road rules on a mini road set up in a fun environment.

Open the first Sunday of each month from 9am until 10:30am. $10.00 per rider.

Each child must provide their own bike/scooter and must wear a helmet.

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Buzy Kids Traffic School

Address: 3 Development Boulevard, Mill Park, Phone: 03 9437 7727

Casey Safety Village

Address: 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East, Phone: 03 5995 2216


Canberra

ACT Learn to Ride Centres

Address: Tuggeranong – Greenway Park between Mortimer Lewis Drive and Lake Tuggeranong

Address: Belconnen – Lake Ginninderra near the car park off MacDermott Place

No lessons are provided simply a venue for parents and careers to take their children and provide a safe environment to learn to ride

The ACT Learn to Ride centres have the look and feel of a real road environment and are a safe space for young cyclists to learn riding skills. They include everything you would expect to see out in our suburbs, such as footpaths, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, line markings and road signs.

The centres are intended for children from preschool to year 4 and provide a non-threatening and fun environment where kids can learn all the basics from how to safely cross the road through to independent and confident riding on their own bike. They are also suitable for children with broad ranging skills and needs, including children with additional needs.

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Southern Cross Early Childhood School

Southern Cross Early Childhood School hosts the Belconnen Schools Network's Learn to Ride Centre.

The Learn to Ride Centre is designed to prepare children for using Canberra's many bike paths and roadways safely and responsibly.

In conjunction with the ACT's Ride or Walk to School Program a program has been devised to educate children about cycling safety and to promote physical activity.

The centre includes a fully fenced cycle path, pedestrian crossings and road safety signs. A selection of 40 bikes and scooters are available for use.

The Learn to Ride Centre is available for children from Preschool to Year 2. There is no charge for use of the centre but a gold coin donation per child is requested for maintenance and upkeep of the facility.

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Sydney

Bicycle Education & Road Safety Centre

Address: End of King Street, Campbelltown

Campbelltown's Bicycle Education and Road Safety Centre provides education for cycling and pedestrian safety in a fun and safe environment.

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Sydney Cycleways

Balance Bike Clinics (3 to 8 year olds)

Address: Sydney Park Cycling Centre, 410 Sydney Park Road, St Peters

Free Balance Bike Clinics run from 11am until 3pm every Saturday.

No need to book, just turn up and register with the instructors at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre. Balance bikes and helmets are provided.

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Kids on Bikes

Address: Sydney Olympic Park, Phone: 0403 203 253


Brisbane

Wheely Fun (4 – 7 year olds) – Brisbane City Council

Bookings essential. Riding's more fun on two wheels - our friendly trainer will help your young one make the transition from training wheels to two wheels, and provide some tips for how you can keep encouraging them. Young riders who are already off their training wheels are welcome too.

Presented as part of Council’s Active and Healthy & Cycling Brisbane programs.

Check cycling Brisbane events calendar for more information on when this course will next be offered. Bookings are essential.

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