Scheme helps steer children towards bike safety

With winter behind us, school children in Cambridgeshire are gearing up for road safety training ready to ride safely into the summer season.

The Bikeability training programme is designed to equip school children with the skills, confidence and enthusiasm to cycle safely on a daily basis.

The course is made up of three levels along with a variety of Bikeability Plus modules, taking pupils from the basics of balance and control off-road, all the way to planning and making independent journeys on busier roads.

Supported by Cambridgeshire County Council and funded by the Department for Transport, this cycle training programme is now in its ninth year and has delivered training modules to over 45,000 pupils since 2009.

For St Faith's School it’s a time to celebrate as the children completed their level 3 training session earlier this week. Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils took part cycling around the area and learning how to navigate around the road layout on Trumpington Road including the new floating bus stops.

Last year Bikeability saw more than 8,500 pupils from over 260 Cambridgeshire schools take part in programme.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cycling Champion, Cllr Noel Kavanagh said, “This is a fantastic scheme and has been running in Cambridgeshire for nearly 10 years!

“The programme had been a great success helping children to feel more confident and safe while cycling on our roads.

“I would like to ask schools and parents to continue encouraging children to get involved and learn key road safety skills.”

Outspoken Training have been awarded a further two year contract by the County Council to continue delivering the Bikeability programme to provide training across schools in Cambridgeshire.

Head of Training, Kieron McNab said, "We are really excited about the opportunity to continue working with Cambridgeshire County Council to enthuse the next generation of cyclists to ride more."

Delivered free of charge to school children from reception through to Year 9 the Bikeability courses can also be taken by individuals or groups at any stage in their life for a fee and can be arranged by contacting Outspoken Training directly.

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