Bikeability courses in Spalding and Bourne this summer

Youngsters take part in a Bikeability course at Gosberton House School with instructors John Levesley (left) and Dennis Ingall.  Photo by David Dawson.
Youngsters take part in a Bikeability course at Gosberton House School with instructors John Levesley (left) and Dennis Ingall. Photo by David Dawson.
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Youngsters in Spalding and Bourne can learn vital cycling skils to keep themselves safe on the road this summer.

Free Bikeability course for 11 to 16-year-olds cyclists are taking place at Bourne Leisure Centre, Queen’s Road, Bourne, on Wednesday, August 10, and at Castle Sports Complex, Albion Street, Spalding, on Monday, August 22.

Riders can sign up for one of two three-hour sessions available at each centre, the first between 9am and noon or a later session from 1pm until 4pm.

Phil Watt, Bikeability and cycling offficer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The summer holidays are a great time to get out and explore on your bike.

“But it is important to have the skills to be confident on the road and this course is an ideal opportunity for youngsters to learn vital cycling skills to help them deal with any hazards they might encounter while out cycling.”

The Bikeability Level 3 courses will enable youngsters to deal with all types of road conditions, as well as more challenging traffic situations.

It is so important for our young cyclists to have the opportunity to develop their road awareness

Cherry Edwards, retired executive headteacher, Bourne Abbey Primary Academy

These include dealing with hazards, assessing risks while on the move, planning safer routes for cycling and being aware of drivers’ blind spots.

Cherry Edwards, who retired as executive headteacher at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy last December, said: “It is so important for our young cyclists to have the opportunity to develop their road awareness.

“As a result, they are getting a lot more enjoyment out of cycling and their confidence has increased enormously.”

Courses at both Bourne and Spalding will be run in small groups and taught by qualified Bikeability instructors who are also DBS (Disclosure and Barring System) checked.

But anyone wishing to take part should already have completed Bikeability Level 2 training and they will need a roadworthy bicycle, suitable cycle helmet and a parent or carer, both to bring them to and collect them from each session.

Elaine Radley, headteacher of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, said: “It is crucial that children learn to ride their bikes safely.

“As the weather becomes warmer and the school holidays come closer, more and more children will be riding on the roads.”

To book, call Suzanne Walters on 01522 550593 or email Bikeability@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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