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3,000 School Kids Will Benefit From Bikeability Scheme

Bikeability launch

5:56pm 23rd June 2015

Over 3,000 10 and 11-year-olds are about to head out onto Buckinghamshire's roads and learn more about bike safety.

The County Council-run Bikeability scheme has been officially started today, covering bike checks and cycling in traffic.

Pedalling with pupils today, to kickstart the new season, was Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport.

Mark said:

"You never forget how to ride a bike, so it's a good idea to get well-trained in the best practice. We want to keep our young people safe on the roads, and Bikeability sets them up brilliantly with skills in safe road use."

Helping the young cyclists with their safe road use skills were instructors Dave Bembridge, Judy Ewart, Fiona Timme, and Clive Cohen, from Cycle4Life, one of the County's approved cycle training organisations.

There are nine Bikeability teams across Buckinghamshire, run by qualified trainers who, between them, have around 30 accredited instructors. Most training is done at schools, but many instructors also work with youth groups, such as Scouts, Brownies and youth clubs.

As well as school term sessions, Bikeability runs during the summer holidays at Chesham, Amersham, Haddenham, High Wycombe and Marlow.

The Department for Transport funds Bikeability for young people up to 15 through the County Council. This year the grant is £144,000. Last year it made a £120,000 grant, allowing 3,000 school children to receive training.

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