Bike jumps - let kids be kids and leave the bike jumps on council land

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Recently kids around the Sutherland Shire have been joining forces for good, to get their mates off screens and out of the house. They have used their minds and put in some hard physical work to create jumps for them to ride their bikes over.

Kids are constantly criticised for always being on screens, not doing anything and being lazy. These kids are not. 
We need to encourage kids to be outside, use their brains, team work to get physical.

Why is creating bike recreation areas in our parks a good idea?

1. It gets kids physically active.

Riding bikes gets kids up and moving, which improves the overall health and wellbeing of any child. They also encourage the development of basic skills like coordination, balance and strength. While we've all been home and restricted during 2020 isn't it great our kids have this outlet - both for their physical health and mental health?

2. It combines Athleticism and Creativity

Most people think of sport as athletic and art/music as creative. But these kids are doing both. With bike riding and creating dirt jumps these kids have no rules and no set way to do things. They create their own style, invent a trick, plan out a set of ramps at different intervals and heights – real life application of skills taught in Maths and PE at school!

3. It builds self confidence.

Trying a trick, working on it relentlessly, and eventually landing it is a great feeling. It's an accomplishment and helps kids develop faith in their own ability. The development is as clear as day - last week I couldn’t do that, now I can.  Along with this, it teaches persistence.

4. It teaches calculated risk.

Like any sport, there are risks involved.  But with bmx/mountain biking the risks are largely within the control of the participant. You learn to start small and work your way up to things. Bit by bit, your skill set grows, and so does your confidence.

Sutherland Shire Council, rather than spending thousands of rate payer dollars on assessing these jumps around the shire, then creating flyers to warn neighbours followed by contractors undoing all the kids work- why don’t you engage with the youth and support their activities on the mainly unused council land.

Please let the kids be kids and let the 10-16 year olds have something to do around the Sutherland Shire.