APS Mountain Bike Trail Grand Opening

Paul Carron
Albany Primary School

On Thursday the 19th of May APS held an after school event to do our grand opening of the new mountain bike trail. The event was incredibly well attended with lots of kids riding the track and heaps of parents in support who were able to find out more about how the track came to be including its origins in the Your Move program which provided us with the grant to make the trail a possibility.

As well as kids (and adults) riding the track, we also provided food and music and ran lots of bike games including bike limbo and a big air competition off one of the trail's jumps. We gave away lots of prizes to the winners of the games, prizes were either Your Move merchandise or bike related products purchased with our Your Move points.

We were pleased to have the leader of the trails construction, Brett, come along who helped cut the ribbon on the trail after a few speeches about how the trail came to be and the plan for the trail moving forward. Part of the plan moving forward involves a schedule of parent helpers coming in to supervise the trail's use on 3 different before or after school sessions on 3 different days each week. This is another chapter in the story of incredible support and assistance every step of the way from parent and community volunteers to get this project up and running.

The short video below was put together by our amazing P&C active transport committee leader (and her husband). It showcases the construction of the trail and gives a good feel for how awesome the trail is to ride as well as acknowledges the significant contributors to the trail. It has been shared on the school's social media page and will eventually be posted on the school's website in a new "mountain bike track" page that is yet the be created.

As well as celebrating the construction of the track itself, we hope this event helped to create positive vibes around the idea of kids riding to school and further drove home the message of how positive bike riding and active transport is.

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James (Your Move)

Absolutely brilliant Paul 😁! That video really highlights how much effort everyone put in and what a brilliant result you have all acheived. I might have to make sure I bring my MTB next time I visit Albany - I wanna ride those curves 🤩! You have earned 40 points for your launch event, 10 points for promoting active travel on social media this term and 20 points for putting together this engaging story. Have a well earnt rest and a wonderful weekend!

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