Students share winning ride of their lives

Selwyn House Girls' School students and their coach join Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner at the city council.

An innovative school project to promote the city’s cycleway network has won international honours and high praise from Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner.

The achievements of nine Selwyn House School students were acknowledged by the city council at a presentation of special certificates.

Cleo McLeod, Sophie Hodgson, Lucy Maynard, Miya Hartstonge, Reed McHugh, Alice Hunter, Bonnie Smith, Phoebe Donald and Kate Gourley – along with their teacher and coach Adele Staples – shared their idea and Future Problem Solving adventure with councillors.

The students used a laser-cutter and 3D printer to create bike cut-outs that could be decorated and hidden in places along the new cycle routes for cyclists to discover, encouraging families and youngsters to grab their bikes and hunt for the new shapes.

They plan to launch their #LetsBikeChristchurch project in October. Cr Turner congratulated the students for scooping third spot with their #LetsBikeChristchurch initiative at the Future Problem Solving international conference in
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States.

“For a group of young people to come up with this wonderful idea to attract people to our cycleway network and then present the idea in a highly-competitive environment is a truly impressive achievement,” he said.