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Free cycling courses for children over the summer

by Jonathan Kearney

Children across Knowsley will be able to access free cyclist training during the school holidays.

BikeRight! are running the courses for children aged 10 and over during the summer.

The courses operate between 9am and 3pm, with places filling up quickly.

The bikeability courses are run by qualified trainers and are a great way to boost children’s confidence and improve their cycling skills.

The courses operate in small groups to enable trainers to maintain to social distancing measures.

Knowsley’s Road Safety Team will also provide each child with a safer cycling pack.

Places are currently available on Mondays to Fridays at All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby between Friday 31 July and Friday 7 August. Bookings can be made here. More locations are likely to be added soon.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “As a result of the coronavirus pandemic many children will have missed out on cyclist training this year, so I am pleased free courses will be available to them during the summer holidays. Cycling is a great way to stay active and provides a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. We should be encouraging future generations to consider cycling as their main mode of transport and so it is vital they develop good road sense and understand cycling safety from an early age. These courses will be a great starting point for young cyclists in Knowsley.”

Children attending the sessions are expected to have basic riding ability and their own bicycle and helmet in order to participate in group training.

The sessions, which would usually be delivered in schools, have been funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.