Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Durham County Council starts Bikeability again for the new term

A press release from Durham County Council today announced that Bikeability will be introduced to schools around the county as the new school term has started.

This is great news to get kids aware of safety aspects whilst cycling and I hope many kids do take up the opportunity. I remember doing my cycling proficiency in the schoolyard as described below!

Image taken from http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability

Read the full press release below, or click here.

"Thousands more children will be taught how to safely ride their bikes as this year’s Bikeability programme begins once again. As the new school year gets underway, Durham County Council’s Road Safety Team is embarking upon Bikeability cycle training to year five and six pupils across the county. Over 2500 children were trained in the last academic year with the aim to train a further 1250 pupils this year making a total of 3750. The ultimate goal of the project is that no child will leave primary school without being given the opportunity to take part in the training. Bikeability is the Government approved national standard for cycle training, the new cycling proficiency course. Traditionally safe cycling skills were delivered on the school playground but as a result young cyclists lacked the skills they needed to ride on the road. Bikeability has been developed to address this by delivering lessons in the ‘real world’ among moving traffic on specifically chosen quiet roads to better prepare young people who eventually have to cycle on the roads themselves. Alan Kennedy, road safety manager, said: “As roads get busier and more and more people have cars it’s even more important that young people are given the chance to learn basic yet often vital skills to enable them to ride their bikes safely. “The feedback we receive shows that young cyclists find the sessions both informative and fun and most can’t wait to move onto the next level.” Durham County Council’s Road Safety Team has secured funding from the Department for Transport to deliver training across County Durham schools over the next two years. Training is offered at three different levels; Levels One and Two are taught together and cover basic cycle control skills on the playground, before moving on to on the road training which takes place on quiet roads amid vehicles. Level Three is for secondary school students and training is delivered on busier roads incorporating more complex junctions. Badges and certificates are awarded upon completion of each of the three levels. Bikeability is managed locally by Durham County Council’s Road Safety Team who provides the instructors, who are accredited to the National Cycle Training Standard."

via Durham County Council Press Releases

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