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Young people have likability for Bikeability!

In a one-off exception, it wasn’t just children who got on their bikes this week for Bikeability, as Cllr Phil Merryman visited Daubeney Middle School to join a group of young participants on a cycle training lesson. The Bikeability course is aimed at children aged 10 in the Bedford Borough area, and designed to help children develop the skills required to adapt to 21st Century’s roads. 

 

The overall course is eight hours with each session lasting 2 hours.

 

Cllr Phil Merryman, Member Champion for Cycling, said: “Roads and cycle paths can feel daunting to young people if they don’t have confidence in their cycling skills. However, with the right guidance and training an individual can start to feel safe and enjoy this form of transport. Not only is cycling beneficial to an individual’s health, it’s good for the environment and can be great for a child’s overall empowerment and belief in their ability.”

 

Lessons demand a level of physical fitness, and also provide room for discussion on subjects such as; what is the appropriate distance to be away from the kerb? Why protective equipment should be worn when making a journey? Why is it so important to indicate in advance, particularly for cyclists?

 

If you are a parent keen to know more about Bikeability, or would like to enrol your child on a course, contact the Road Safety Team, at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234 228336 or alternatively email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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