Hon Julie Anne Genter
Associate Minister of Transport
26 November 2018
Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million
over the next three years to expand the Bikes in Schools and cycle skills education to get more Kiwi kids on their
“Cycling is a fun, easy way to make exercise part of everyday life. These programmes are about giving our kids space to
develop the skills and confidence to safely ride a bike,” said Julie Anne Genter.
“In the 1980s more than half of school kids walked or cycled to school; today it’s less than a third. We want to turn
The Bikes in Schools programme involves installing a riding track within school grounds to allow student to learn and
practise riding their bike in a safe area. Schools projects typically also include a fleet of bikes, helmets and bike
storage facilities. Over the next three years $6.7 million will be invested in support the roll out of Bikes in School
to approximately 120 schools across New Zealand. This is expect to give an additional 43,000 Kiwi kids access to Bikes
in Schools facilities.
“New funding for Bikes in Schools will be increasingly targeted towards low-decile primary schools. Not every child has
a bike at home so this will help ensure kids don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn to ride,” said Julie Anne
The NZ Transport Agency will also double funding for cycle skills training through the new BikeReady national cycling
education programme. BikeReady aims to deliver best practice cycle skills training, by qualified instructors to
approximately 98,000 school students across the country.
“Cycle skills training is often the first experience Kiwi kids have with the road environment. It not only teaches kids
how to be safe on a bike but how to be responsible road users.
“The Government is also investing to make our roads safer for kids walking and cycling to school. A total of $390
million is earmarked for walking and cycling paths and safety initiatives out to 2021.
“More people cycling is not only good for our health and the environment, but it means fewer cars on the road and less
congestion for everyone,” said Julie Anne Genter.