NOT having your own bike is no longer a barrier for children to learn vital road safety rules.
A total of 20 bicycles have been gifted to Dorset Council to allow young people – who don’t have their own bikes – to complete Bikeability training sessions.
The bicycles are free to use for primary-aged school children during Bikeability sessions in the council area.
Bikeability is a national cycle training programme that equips children with the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to cycle safely on roads. It also gives confidence for cycling in the future.
Instructors deliver the training at schools and nominated centres on behalf of the council and at the end of the course, participants receive a certificate and badge.
Councillor Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for highways, travel and environment, said: “Gaining cycling skills early on is important for a child’s safety and confidence, and ultimately enables them to cycle to school and enjoy trips with family and friends. It’s also a great physical activity.
“They say you never forget how to ride a bike, so I am delighted that we have been gifted free bicycles, making it easier for all Dorset’s children to gain this skill for life at an early age.
“We are committed to protecting Dorset’s environment and, with so many places to visit by bike, equipping more people to cycle will help them safely enjoy this beautiful area.”
Dorset Council received £100,000 of funding from central government’s Active Travel Fund to provide the free training, while the free bicycles have been provided by the Bikeability Trust.
If your child’s school doesn’t offer Bikeability, visit details of courses on offer around the county can be found at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/bikeability.