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.