Design by: playgroundIdeas

Category: Groundlevel, Tyre Elements

Design Description

This structure is a fun element to add to any playground.

Building Steps

1. Cut both sidewalls off the car tire.

2. Cut through the tire tread. First, use a utility knife to cut the rubber of the tire tread until you reach the steel wire. Next, use a thin metal blade grinder to cut through the steel wire. Then, cut the rest of the rubber with the utility knife. Finally, use a thick grinder blade to smooth the surface. Run your finger along the surface of the cut to make sure it is smooth.

3. Bury the truck tire and car tire into the ground. Tires must be buried at least half way into the ground to better secure the tires.

4. Lay the tire tread on the car tire and truck tire. Next, drill two holes through each ends of the tire tread. Then, connect them with hex bolts.

5. Use water on the soil and a heavy log to pack the soil down to better secure the tires.

6. If necessary, use a machete to cut the bark off of the timber, round off the edges, and then paint the timber.

7. Drill a hole through the timber post, tire tread, and truck tire below. Next, bolt the timber post and tire together with a hex bolt. Then, use a grinder to cut off excess bolt thread below the tire. Please note, you may want to have a child test the position of the handlebar to make sure that the handlebar is at a comfortable height.

This motorbike can be painted with any awesome colours and designs you like.


o x5 bolts with nuts and washers
o x2 car tire
o x1 truck tire
o x1 90cm stick


o Utility Knife
o Drill
o Spade
o Spanner
o Machete
o Grinder
o Water

This plan is designed to be used in conjunction with your appropriate, local safety guidelines / standards and the advice of local skilled builders / engineers.  If your location has no guidelines or standards, we have provided a summary of many of the most common hazards here.

This plan is for pre-school (4+) and school-age children, and are not designed for babies and toddlers. Designs will need to be redesigned for these age groups.

This element can have overlapping safe fall areas.

This element should be no higher than 600mm and needs a clear safe fall zone of 1500 mm (5’) around it.

This element needs soft fall material below it in the safe fall zone.

All tires need to have holes drilled or cut at their lowest point to ensure good drainage. This will reduce the risk of mosquitos and their associated issues, such as malaria, etc. the sidewall is easier to cut than the tread for this purpose.


**IMPORTANT** Please see safety guidelines here for further details on the above safety points.



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