Clevedon School offers Bikeability tips for cyclists

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2015

Clevedon School Start of bikeability courses.

Clevedon School Start of bikeability courses.

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Clevedon School has been offering young cyclists the chance to learn all about road safety this week.

The courses are being run by Bikeability, an organisation which promotes cycling proficiency for the 21st century designed to give young people the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

The courses will begin at the school before cyclists get the chance to practise what they have learned on the surrounding roads.

Mark Nelson, project officer at the Clevedon School, said: “We are really pleased to be working with North Somerset Council and Life Cycle to offer our students free Bikeability Level three courses.

“Bikeability provides young people with the skills and knowledge they need to confidently ride on busy roads.

“Course uptake has been amazing, with all 60 places being filled. Based on this success we will be looking to organise more courses in the new school year.

“A significant number of our students cycle to school and we want to do everything we can to make sure they’re as safe as possible.

“As well as offering these courses, we’re making it compulsory for all students that cycle to school to wear a helmet.”

The Bikeability courses have been set up after a lack of interest in the school’s Summer Active scheme which was designed to give families the opportunity to spend time together during the summer holiday.

Activities including kitchen science, bushcraft and family orienteering were all planned for this week as well as a visit from Bristol-based circus act, Circomedia. However, the visit from Circomedia has had to be postponed until the new school year.

The Bikeability courses will run until Friday at Clevedon School in Valley Road. There will be two sessions per day with the morning session taking place from 9.30am until noon and the afternoon course from 12.30-3pm.

For more information visit www.bikeability.org.uk

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