Bike and fitness tracks at schools
Building a bike or fitness track is a good way for your school to help children get fitter. Boards of trustees can get advice on building a bike or fitness track from programmes such as Bikes in Schools and schools that have already built one. You pay the installation costs from your 5 Year Agreement (5YA) funding and/or board funding.
Build a bike or fitness track
Bike and fitness tracks are cheap to build and can be used for running and walking as well as biking.
The Bikes in Schools programme offers advice and resources on building bike tracks and promoting cycling safety in schools.
For further information, go to:
A track is a circuit, usually made from limestone, asphalt or concrete. It usually follows the outer edge of the school’s playing field. The Bikes in Schools programme recommends a track should be:
- 2m wide
- 75 to 100mm deep
- between 250 and 700m or more in length, depending on the size of the school
- curved (no straight lines) to prevent children going too fast.
Advice from other schools
When designing a track, you can seek advice from schools that have already built one. Some of these schools are:
- St Mary’s School, Hastings
- Maraenui Bilingual School, Napier
- Peterhead School, Hastings
- Riverslea School, Hastings
- Nga Paharakeke Kōhanga Reo, Hastings (early childhood centre)
- Richmond School, Napier
- Nga Iwi School, Auckland
- Wellsford Primary School, Auckland
- Flaxmere Primary School, Hastings
- Apanui School, Whakatane
- Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Wairoa, Wairoa (years 1–13)
- East Tamaki School, Auckland
- Onepoto Primary School, Auckland
- James Street School, Whakatane
- Bridge Pa School, Hastings.
Fund a bike or fitness track
For a bike track, you can use:
- your 5 Year Agreement (5YA) funding to pay for up to half of the installation costs – it is a priority 3 project and you must plan for it in your 10 Year Property Plan
- board funding (eg from sponsorship, grants and fundraising) and surplus operational funding for the rest of the costs.
Talk to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) (external link) and your local district health board (external link) about whether they can provide funding towards your track.
A fitness track that cannot be cycled on, for example, an obstacle course, is a priority 4 project. You can use:
- 5YA funding to pay the total cost of installing this track but only after completing all higher-priority work
- board funding at any time to pay the total cost, as long as you meet the requirements for using board funding.
To find out more information about funding priorities, see Step 3: Consider inputs at the 10YPP initiation meeting.
Pay to maintain your track
You can use your property maintenance grant (PMG) funding to maintain the track if it was built with Ministry (5YA) funding. If built with board or community funding you must use board funding to maintain it – see Board and community-funded property.
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