What's on

There are a range of sessions for kids of all ages and abilities in neighbourhoods across Hamilton between 23 - 26 January 2024.

The sessions are run by our qualified bike instructors who teach our regular bike training sessions in schools.

Register below if your kids are keen to build their biking confidence and have fun on their bikes this summer.

23 January

Beginners

For beginners who are learning how to ride a bike by themselves or have low confidence and need some extra support.


Sessions will be in small groups to help with focused learning.

Session 1
9.30am - 10.15am

Fairfield Park

School years 2 – 4
(Ages 7 – 9)

Max participants 6

Session 2
10.30am – 11.15am

Fairfield Park

School years 2 – 4
(Ages 7 – 9)

Max participants 6

 

Bike skills and games

Aimed at students who are keen to improve their bike skills in a fun, supportive environment. This session will focus on bike control skills before taking a short group ride to learn some basic road biking skills, and how to bike on a shared path safely.

Session 3
12.30pm – 2.30pm

Discovery Park

School years 5 – 7
(Ages 10 – 12)

Max participants 12

24 January

Beginners

For beginners who are learning how to ride a bike by themselves or have low confidence and need some extra support.


Sessions will be in small groups to help with focused learning.

Session 4
9.30am – 10.15am

Fairfield Park

School years 2 – 4
(Ages 7 – 9)

Max participants 6

Session 5
10.30am – 11.15am

Fairfield Park

School years 2 – 4
(Ages 7 – 9)

Max participants 6

 

Bike skills and games

Aimed at students who are keen to improve their bike skills in a fun, supportive environment. This session will focus on bike control skills before taking a short group ride to learn some basic road biking skills, and how to bike on a shared path safely.

Session 6
12.30pm – 2.30pm

Mangaiti Park

School years 5 – 7
(Ages 10-12)

Max participants 12

25 January

Lets get pumpin'

This session will improve the flow when riding on the pump track.

Students will build confidence and learn techniques to keep their momentum and have control of their bike on the corners.

Session 7
9.30am – 11am

Hillcrest Skate/Pump track

School years 5 – 7
(Ages 10 – 12)

Max participants 12

Ride the trail with grade 2

Aimed at students who are keen to improve their bike skills in a fun, supportive environment. This session will focus on bike control skills before taking a short group ride to learn some basic road biking skills, and how to bike on a shared path safely.

Session 8
12.30pm – 2.30pm

Norris Ward Park – Western Rail trail

School years 5 – 7
(Ages 10 – 12)

Max participants 12

26 January

Park ride and skills

For students in years 5 to 8 at school who want to improve their mountain biking skills.

Riders must have attended a previous skills session or Kids on Bikes school session during Term 3 – 4.

Session 9
10am – 12pm

Pukete Farm MTB Park

School years 5 – 8
(Ages 8 – 13)

Max participants 10

Register for a session

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What happens next?

Once you've registered, we'll get in touch to confirm your registration, and send you information on how to check your bike is safe to ride.

The day before your session, we'll send you an email reminder with details on what to expect.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to bring my own bike and helmet?

We prefer that you bring your own bike and helmet. However, we have a limited number available. Please let us know whether you need a bike and/or a helmet by ticking the relevant box before submitting your registration.  

Please ensure all bikes and helmets brought to the session are in good working order. 

Are the events family-friendly?

Parents/caregivers are welcome to wait while their kids are in a bike session. Kids who are not attending a bike session must be accompanied by an adult. 

My child hasn't ridden their bike for very long and is unsteady, can they attend?

Yes, please indicate they are a novice/learner rider at the time of booking, and we will ensure one of our expert cycle instructors are able to support and encourage their participation within the session. We often find children progress quickly during these sessions, building confidence, and capability to ride independently when they’ve previously struggled at home.

Can I bring my child's bike with stabilisers/training wheels?

We'd prefer not to use bikes with stabilisers/training wheels. Instead, we can offer one of our bikes which are ideal for learner riders. We find the progression of new riders who learn without stabilisers/training wheels much faster and it promotes greater control and balance, leading to better, stronger, and more confident riders.

Do I need to register for an event or can I just turn up on the day?

We ask you to register in advance – this ensures we have appropriate staff-to-participant ratios and we can provide further details to all registered participants in advance of their selected session. This will include parental consent forms for the school holiday programmes which must be returned prior or at the start of your session.

We unfortunately cannot accommodate on-the day participants, with bookings closing 24 hours prior to the session commencing.

Will the events go ahead if it is raining?

Generally, we’ll aim to go ahead with all planned sessions irrespective of the weather. However, if there’s a severe weather event (e.g. a cyclone, prolonged heavy rainstorm etc) and we think it’s unsafe to go ahead, we’ll have to cancel or postpone the session. 

If a session is shortened due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll make sure we get in touch with the parent/caregiver, and collection arrangements are made as required. 

How soon do I need to register for an event?

The earlier the better. There may be high demand for some sessions especially during the school holiday period and we have limited spaces to meet with instructor to participant ratios.

Can I bring my dog along?

No, we’d prefer not to have any dogs attend. However, if your dog is a registered service dog, please email cycling@hcc.govt.nz to discuss how we can best support your requirements and ensure the safety of all participants and the service animal. 

Where will I meet the session leader/instructor?

All registered participants will receive pre-event information about the meeting place, equipment needed, and a rough outline of the selected session. These details will be emailed to the address provided after 8 January 2024.

If you have not received any information 24 hours prior to the start of your booked session, please email cycling@hcc.govt.nz.

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Last updated 21 December 2023