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Get on your bike this spring

Date: 11/03/2011           Category: Integrated Transport

Children in Medway can get geared up with all the information they need to cycle safely on the road as part of a course taking place this Easter.

A series of two-day Bikeability courses are being held during the school Easter holidays for 10 and 11 year olds looking to gain the skills and confidence they need to be safe on the roads.

Run by Medway Council and the Greenacre School Sports Partnership, the Bikeability courses will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm and will be overseen by instructors, who provide children with luminous yellow jackets.

Bikeability - it used to be called the Cycle Proficiency Test - gives children the chance to experience a range of different roads on their bike. Medway Council offers the first two of three skill levels. These are the basic skills and on road training.

All courses are accredited to meet the requirements of the National Standard to give participants the skills to keep them and other road users safe.

Children should be able to ride a bike in advance and be able to do basic manoeuvres such as stopping, steering, and using gears.

Bikes should be geared bikes, BMXs will not be suitable, and children should come with a cycle helmet.

The course costs £10 per child for 10 hours training over the two days. The courses are taking place on the following dates:

Monday, 11 and Tuesday, 12 April.

Wednesday, 13 and Thursday, 14 April.

Friday, 15 and Monday, 18 April

Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 April.

To find out more, or to sign up for one of the courses, contact Kelly Harris on 07920 599154 or 01634 666337 extension 253 or email harrk036@medway.org.uk.

More details are on www.greenacressp.co.uk