Avondale’s learn-to-ride track is tucked in behind the Great North Road shops next to the racecourse. The best access is from Great North Road, more or less opposite Crayford Street West – just look out for the sculpture of the giant spider and spiderweb up high on a pole.
This bike park has a lovely urban community feel and a really social vibe, and because it’s quite compact, kids have more contact with each other as they weave around the little ‘streets’.
There’s a playground nearby (although a bit too distant to keep an eye on one kid on a bike and another on the slide). Good coffee options nearby, and a handy public toilet just up on Great North Road.
There’s also a public library close to hand, and plenty of food options on the main street, including the famous donuts at Salvation Kitchen a short walk away on Great North Road.
Bonus: this one is easily reached by train, for the junior transport enthusiast! On Sunday mornings, the Avondale Markets are on at the racecourse next door and are very busy – so if you’re driving, remember that car parking will be at a premium.
- Absolute Beginner
- Learner (balance bike, trainer wheels)
- Confident child (pedal bike - no trainer wheels)
There is some parking off Great North Road, about opposite Crayford Street.
Kids visible at all times?
Suitable for multiple kids
Watch out for
The Avondale markets on Sundays - it's really busy and car parking is at a premium.
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