A cycle training session aimed at helping riders stay safe on the roads was held at Ravenside Retail Park last weekend.
The Safer Rother Roads Group (SRRG) staged its ‘Rother Cycle Day’ to raise awareness of how to cycle safer in Rother and Bexhill.
Free cycle training taster sessions were provided by nationally accredited instructors. Bicycle maintenance tips, crime prevention advice, and cycle-related freebies were also on hand.
Local emergency services participated in a charity cycling challenge, raising money for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Encouraging a spot of ‘friendly’ competition of endurance Police, Fire and Ambulance services raced stationary turbo bikes over a period of four hours with officers from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Services (ESFRS) winning the challenge.
Local cycling club Bexhill Wheelers were also on hand to offer advice to those who attended and whose ages ranges from 7 to 80 years.
Every year in the UK around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents and ESFRS Station Commander Bexhill and SRRG Chair, John Owen said SRRG wanted to drastically reduce cycling deaths and injuries in Rother. “We gave advice on how to ride on the road safely and provide insight on the importance of regular bicycle maintenance and wearing suitable clothing and protection. We also provided advice and discussed concerns on road safety issues in the local area.”
Mr Owen thanked all those who supported the event, adding: “It was a good day, well attended and we put over some good messages.”