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Another successful year of child cycle training celebrated!

| 09.07.14

Figures released recently show that more than 4,400 school children in Gloucestershire have learnt how to stay road safe on their bikes. And it’s all thanks to the ‘Bikeability’ cycle training scheme.

Bikeability delivered by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, is designed to help youngsters aged between nine and 14 years – primary school years 5 and 6 and secondary school year 7 to 9 – develop the skills and confidence they need to ride their bikes safely on today’s roads.

Last year more than 4,400 pupils from across the county’s primary and secondary schools successfully completed the programme.* Training days have been secured at more than 30 schools to the end of this summer term and it is anticipated another 4,400 youngsters will complete the course over the year to March 2015.

The course covers three levels taking trainees from the basics of balance and control through to making a journey on a road in traffic. All training takes place out on the road, with a Bikeability instructor riding with the children.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many more schools getting on board with the programme. Cycling is not only a great way for youngsters to stay fit and healthy, but it can also have a positive impact upon a child’s road safety awareness and personal development; building self confidence and independence. “

For more information about Bikeability visit the Road Safety Partnership website.

Cycling courses are also available for individuals and at work places, for details email roadsafety@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 425662

 

Editor’s notes:

*Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership delivers the course in 96% of primary schools and 80% of secondary schools in Gloucestershire. The programme has a recorded a 12% rise in the number of people trained in 2013/14, reaching 4,437 compared to 3,977 the year before.

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