Westminster ESC earned a silver grant last year and received a Bike promotion package which included 2 new bikes and a helmet. Using modified programs from Cycling Australia and People on Bicycles, we have been running a Bike Education program for over 2 years. In that time, we have steadily built a fleet of bikes including modified bikes, which are suitable for our students.
The new bikes sparked a bit of interest, especially among the girls who wanted to give them a go. For one student in particular, who had been riding a bike with training wheels for the past 2 years, it was the motivation she needed to learn to ride without the training wheels.
To begin with, she had a few sessions on the balance bike which we had modified from a regular large bike by taking off the pedals. Once she could balance for 7 seconds while riding without putting her feet down, it was time to transition to the new bike.
The look on her face was priceless when she realised she was actually riding by herself. She even let out a scream of delight as she rode around the basketball court with me!