Gonville School is leaping on board the government run Bikes in Schools programme. Over the school holidays, work is starting on the Gonville Community Cycle Track ready for the grand opening on Wednesday, October 12, at midday.
Invitations have been sent out for what will be a very special occasion.
The track when completed will be about 500m long around the perimeter of Gonville School and will be constructed by St Johns Landscaping. Also housed by the track will be a purpose modified container supplied by Citi-Box Containers in which to store 30 bikes of varying sizes as well as 50 helmets - bikes and helmets supplied by Velo Ronny's.
Funding for this project came from Bike On NZ, Powerco Wanganui Trust, Whanganui Community Foundation and the Ministry of Education, as well as FRoGS (Friends of Gonville School) and the school board of trustees. Total cost is about $55,000.
Children will be able to cycle around as a lunchtime activity and also use the track to develop skills. The community can use it as a fun and safe place to cycle and can borrow bikes on the weekends to take their families for a ride along the nearby cycle track along the Whanganui River.
The school would like to thank Whanganui Community Foundation, Powerco Wanganui Trust, Bike On NZ, Whanganui District Council, Citi-Box Containers, Ministry of Education, St Johns Landscaping, Sport Whanganui, Whanganui Police Education Officer and Velo Ronny's Bicycle Store.