Youngsters in Stoke-on-Trent will be putting pedal power to the test as part of the city council’s cycle safety scheme.
A trio of training sessions will be held at Fenton Manor Sports Complex on Wednesday, January 2 2013.
The aim is to teach children the skills they need to cycle safely and to boost their confidence when they are out and about on two wheels.
As an added bonus, the first 50 youngsters to book a place on any of the courses will receive a free cycle helmet, sponsored by Michelin.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said:
“Thousands of young people have benefited from the ‘Learning to Ride’ and ‘Bikeability’ schemes over the years, equipping them with vital skills and knowledge they need in order to cycle safely.
“They are hugely successful initiatives with the potential to have life-saving results. As part of our Mandate for Change we pledged to promote independent and healthy lives, these courses go a long way to helping us achieve those aims. They are particularly relevant at this time of year as bikes are always a popular Christmas present for children. I would urge parents to take advantage of these first class courses and reserve a place today.”
Corinne Li, Michelin's UK road safety project coordinator, added:
"As a leading global manufacturer of tyres for many types of vehicles, including bicycles, we think that it is extremely important that young people start off on the right track and are given the necessary skills to be safe on our roads, as early as possible.”
The courses are free and include:
- Learning to ride – aims to help five-eight year olds move from stabilisers to two wheels. The course runs from 10am-midday.
- Bikeability level one – aims to help build upon the cycling skills of seven-nine year olds. The course runs from 12.30pm-2.30pm.
- Bikeability level two – aims to introduce nine-16 year olds to cycling on the road. The course runs from 3pm-4pm.
A small number of bikes can be provided for the training session on a first come, first served basis but they will need to be reserved in advance.