Plea to help Wiltshire's children learn to cycle safely

Plea to help Wiltshire's children learn to cycle safely

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:24am 30th July 2020. (Updated at 11:14am 30th July 2020)

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The Bikeability training programme needs venues and instructors to help children and adults take to the road.

The government programme is usually taught to school children, particularly Year 6, but due to COVID-19 around 1,300 children will have missed out on the training this year.

Wiltshire Council is looking to make up this shortfall by recruiting more instructors and venues throughout the county to run and host the training.

The local authority says the scheme is particularly important at the moment as more people look to take to two wheels to ensure social distancing.

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More help is needed to help children and adults cycle safely on Wiltshire's roads

WHO AND WHAT IS NEEDED?

Instructors must be at least 18 years old, be reasonably fit, and able to cycle confidently on a suitable roadworthy bike to Bikeability Level 3 standard. The role is paid, as instructors work as self-employed contractors, and people will be interviewed and asked to undertake a practical riding assessment.

In terms of venues to run the courses, any venue that has access to toilet facilities, a traffic-free car park or playground, and easy access to quiet roads, would be ideal.

PLEA FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO GET INVOLVED

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:

"Due to COVID-19, around 1,300 children will have missed out on this essential cycling training, so we'd really like to hear from any budding cycling instructors or venues in Wiltshire that could host the training, particularly over the summer holidays.

"We'd also like secondary schools to get involved where they can too, as many of the pupils that have missed out will be attending secondary school in September.

"We're also looking to do more adult Bikeablity training, and we have applied for more funding to do so. 

"Cycling is fun, healthy and good for the environment and it's important people feel confident and are as safe as possible while doing it." 

To find out more about instructing or offering a venue, people should email bikeability@wiltshire.gov.uk

You can find out more about the scheme at www.bikeability.org.uk

 

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