Training gets kids on their bikes

Volunteers needed for schools programme

Cycle safety training

More than 800 primary school pupils across North Lanarkshire completed Bikeability training in the last school year.

Our Safe and Sustainable Travel Team organise the cycle training programme for primary 5 to 7 pupils.

It offers children the skills and confidence to cycle safely on the roads and encourages them to take up cycling as a fun, healthy exercise. Each pupil receives a certificate and badge when they complete the training.

"Cycling is an increasingly popular sport and hobby, and the council actively encourages pupils to cycle to and from school as a healthy, environmentally friendly travel option," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"As a result, every year we're seeing more schools and pupils taking part in our Bikeability training. Two years ago we had 583 pupils completing the programme, compared to 832 in 2017/18.

"It's important that we give children the practical skills and awareness of the traffic around them to enjoy cycling and stay safe, and our Bikeability training combines both."

The scheme relies on volunteers to assist with training sessions, so the council offers a one-day practical and theory session to parents or carers who would be interested in supporting their local school. For more information, contact the Safe and Sustainable Travel Team on 01236 856218.

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