A government backed training scheme that’s set to get more people on their bikes, cycling more often and more safely is offering free training sessions for children in June.
CycleSafe, organised by Denise Lomas, is running free beginner ‘Bikeability’ training sessions for children during National Bike Week at the De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP). The nationwide ‘Bikeability’ scheme, developed and approved by Central Government and leading cycling organisations including Cycling England, the Cyclists’ Touring Club and Sustrans, has been introduce to give children and adults the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on todays roads.
Denise said it’s widely acknowledged that cycling is a great way to achieve good health and fitness and CycleSafe aims to get more people cycling, more often and more safely. “Bikeability is the new buzz word for cycle proficiency – a modern cycle training scheme for the 21st Century. Cyclesafe offers Bikeability training from complete beginners to an advanced level. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise – you can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune.
“Cycling’s a perfect activity for the family to do together – and research has found that kids are influenced by their parents exercise choices. If you have a child who is 6 or over and never ridden a bike or needs to improve their skills, then book an hour’s group session taking place outside the DLWP, 10-4pm on Sunday June 15.”
Local cycle group Bexhill Wheelers and the 1066 Cycle Club are supporting the event at the DLWP and giving free bike safety checks. Ian Hollidge of Bexhill Wheelers said he welcomes this opportunity for children. “Bikeability gives a structured method to learn the skills required to ride safely on the road. Besides balance and co-ordination it teaches observation, and spatial awareness whilst cycling.
“If this is popular then more will follow. We believe every child should have the opportunity to undergo Bikeability through schools.”
Booking forms at the DLWP, Rother District Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.cyclesafesoutheast.co.uk