On Ya Bike moves up a gear in its second year

On Ya Bike mentor David Holcombe and mentee Corey.

On Ya Bike mentor David Holcombe and mentee Corey.

CENTRAL Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network is now in its second year of running the On Ya Bike program, which works with Ararat North Primary School students and has now moved up a gear.

This hands on learning experience, that has a bicycle orientated format based around maintenance and road safety, is celebrating its second year of running by engaging with more students than ever.

"Last year the program worked with ten students throughout the year; this year we are on target to double that number," program coordinator Luke Rudolph said.

"It's all down to the great support of our mentors David Holcombe, Ron Panther and Eddie McAdie who turn up every Friday to help out."

The On Ya Bike program seeks to provide the students with the challenging task of restoring old bicycles with the help of the mentors. A F Gason Pty Ltd has again supported the program this year by respraying the bicycle frames once they have been dismantled. With Lardner Brothers continuing their partnership by providing a discount on parts and new safety helmets for the students.

School principal, Wendy Byrne was more than happy for the program to continue running into its second year.

"It's a great activity that takes the students out of the classroom and has them using their hands as well as their brains," she said.

"The students get to keep the bicycles after they have completed their restoration and are encouraged to use their bicycles to commute to school each day."

On Ya Bike is a Central Grampians LLEN initiative in partnership with the Ararat North Primary school. The program is always looking for more donated bicycles and mentors. If you would like to learn more about the program please contact Luke Rudolph at the Central Grampians LLEN on 5352 3266 or email lrudolph@cgllen.org.au for further details.

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