Category Archives: Cycling

Early Intervention Cycling and Road Safety Program

About our “Early Intervention Cycling and Road Safety” program

Cyclabilities Early Intervention Cycling and Road Safety program is created by a transdisciplinary team of teachers, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists. The program is individualised and works to meet the goals and aspirations of each participant. Specific individual goals will be determined during the first session and will vary from individual to individual (e.g one child’s goal may be to ride a balance bike, whereas another child’s goal may be to ride without training wheels).

Over the course of ten weeks the participant will be supported with an individualised cycling program developing the participant’s confidence, balance and coordination leading towards riding a bicycle independently and safely.

The road safety component of the program looks to develop road safety skilling in regards to understanding what a road is, how to cross a road safely and understanding of basic road rules.

A key component of the program is supporting children’s communication, emotional regulation, listening and concentration skills. These skills will be supported and scaffolded throughout each lesson.

The program is run by educators and key health professionals (teachers and occupational therapists). It is strongly based on motor learning/play based theory.

How to book

To book and confirm your place in the program please pay for the term (see below) via direct bank transfer. You must also fill in the online Cyclabilities Questionaire or below and send a reply confirmation so we know you have booked in (cyclabilities@gmail.com). 

A parent/carer will be required to attend the program with the participants each week.  The program is designed to support parents to support the learning with their child.

As some of the program is outside it is essential that you use appropriate sun protection.

Insurance

For insurance coverage all families need to be a member of ACT Playgroups Association. If you are already an active member please provide your membership number. If you are not a member an ACT Playgroup membership form needs to be completed.

Saturday program 

  • Date:  Term 3- Every Saturday commencing on the 22nd July until Saturday the 23rd September
  • Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Address: Cranleigh School, Starke Street, Holt ACT 2615
  • What to bring: Drink bottle, helmet, bike and a snack.
  • Cost: $45 per session. Payment must be made in full before the program commences. $450 per term (10 sessions) plus ACT Playgroups membership ($35 per year).

NDIS Funding

If you are registered with the NDIS and self managing your funds you may be eligible to use funding to access the program as we are a therapy based program. Unfortunately we are still in the process of registering as a provider.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Direct bank transfer details 

  • St George Account Name:  Cyclabilities
  • Account Number: 487 808 326
  • BSB: 112-908

Next Steps in Cycling Program

About our “Next Steps in Cycling” Program

Cyclabilities “Next Steps in Cycling” program is created by a transdisciplinary team of teachers, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists. The program is individualised and works to meet the goals and aspirations of each participant. Specific individual goals will be determined during the first session and will vary from individual to individual

The program has been developed to suit those able to stay upright on a bike and ride in a straight line for 20m and focuses on improving bike handling, confidence and ride skills whilst having tons of FUN.

For those starting to become independent riders this practical program will support each participant to build cycling confidence and capacity through:

  • developing transferable bike handling skills
  • developing strength and conditioning
  • developing skills to ride in a group or with their family,
  • develop skills to ride safely on bike paths and on quiet roads
  • develop awareness and understanding of how to handle and navigate hazards
  • develop cycle safety signals and skills

The program will run for 9 weeks with 60 minutes sessions.

The program is delivered by our two experienced Exercise Physiologists, Stuart and Jon, with support from educators Fiona and Selina and Occupational Therapist Sam as required.

How to book

To book and confirm your place in the program please pay for the term (see below) via direct bank transfer. You must also fill in the online Cyclabilities Questionnaire  or below and send a reply confirmation so we know you have booked in (cyclabilities@gmail.com). Alternatively fill in the form on the website.

A parent/carer will be required to attend the program with the participants each week. The program is designed to support parents to support the learning with their child.

As some of the program is outside it is essential that you use appropriate sun protection.

Insurance

For insurance coverage all families need to be a member of ACT Playgroups Association. If you are already an active member please provide your membership number. If you are not a member an ACT Playgroup membership form needs to be completed.

Tuesday Program

  • Dates:  Term 3: Tuesday 25th July – Tuesday 19th September
  • Time:  4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Address:  Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre, Macdermott Place, Belconnen
  • What to bring: Drink bottle, helmet, bike and a snack.
  • Cost:  $40 a session, Payment must be made in full before the program commences. $360 per term (9 sessions) plus ACT Playgroups membership ($35 per year).
  • Payment required by 14th July

NDIS Funding

If you are registered with the NDIS and self managing your funds you may be eligible to use funding to access the program as we are a therapy based program. Unfortunately we are still in the process of registering as a provider.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Direct bank transfer details

  • St George Account Name:  Cyclabilities
  • Account Number: 487 808 326
  • BSB: 112-908

Tuggeranong Learn to Ride centre opens

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury will officially open the Tuggeranong Learn to Ride centre which will provide young cyclists a safe place to practice their riding skills.

Mr Rattenbury will be joined by participants of the Cyclabilities pilot program, a therapy-based program for children with additional needs to develop cycling skills and improve road safety awareness through regularly using the facilities.

  • WHAT: Opening of Tuggeranong Learn to Ride centre
  • DATE:  Friday, 24 March 2017
  • TIME:  1:30pm
  • WHERE: Greenway Park, Tuggeranong near Mortimer Lewis Drive

Government announces Cyclabilities funding

Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury has announced $251,955 in funding across nine organisations as part of the ACT Government’s road safety grants program.

“The grants will be used to fund a range of community road safety projects including  training, education and awareness programs as well as a number of infrastructure projects to reduce the risk of accidents,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“I was really pleased that we received almost 40 applicants from a variety of community groups, research groups, schools and government agencies which made the task of selecting grant recipients very challenging.”

The funding for this community grants program comes directly from ACT motorists, with a $2.50 levy charged on all ACT motor vehicle registrations to fund the scheme.

“What we’ve really got here is a program funded by the ACT community to improve road safety for the ACT community.”

Mr Rattenbury said the Cyclabilities pilot scheme – which will provide a therapy-based program to develop cycling skills and improve road safety awareness for children with disabilities – and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate’s traffic control training program were good examples of this concept in action.

“The Cyclabilities pilot program will be the first program in the ACT that addresses and supports road safety and cycling for children with additional needs. It has great potential, and will make use of the Government’s learn to ride facilities, which are set to open next year,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate will work with community groups to develop a nationally accredited training program for undertaking traffic control at community events in the ACT.

“This will help to ensure that the right traffic arrangements are in place for events on public roads  such as cycling and fun runs.

“I would like to congratulate all of our grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the results of their work over the next 12 to 24 months.”

For more information on Cyclabilities please contact us.

Pilot Program

Cyclabilities is starting our journey in October 2016 through the implementation of a  therapy based pilot program.  This pilot program run by educators and exercise physiologists will support a group of children with additional needs and provide them and their families with an individualised, therapy based program that will incorporate road safety skilling, strength and conditioning, balance and motor skill development and cycling components.

Once the pilot program is complete a review and further development will be undertaken.

The rollout of the full Cyclabilities program will be conducted in 2017.