Wakefield Council backs free cycling skills course for students

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Date :02/09/2015

Wakefield Council is supporting a free cycling course to teach 16-19 year olds in the district how to survive and thrive in city traffic.

This summer and autumn, go:cycling is offering free 'Survival Skills for Student Cyclists' courses for 16-19 year olds in the district to show young people how to survive and thrive in city traffic.

Professional urban cycling tutors are available to teach older teenagers who live or study in West Yorkshire. They will learn a set of Department for Transport approved cycle commuting techniques that make them 2-3 times less likely to have an injury while cycling on the road.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "It's important that young people have the skills so they know how to cycle safely in traffic, and I'd encourage any young person in the district who is  planning to cycle to college or university to sign up for these free sessions."

go:cycling's 'National Standard' summer and autumn sessions are run in pairs, so are ideal for two friends or siblings preparing for journeys by bike in the new term.

The free morning or afternoon sessions last about 2 hours (including rest breaks), and must be booked in pairs. They can be booked at a location to suit – for example, trainees can start at or near their homes. Trainees will learn basic maintenance skills, cycle handling tips and hazard avoidance techniques up to National Standard / Bikeability Level 2+. Further free sessions can be booked for more advanced techniques.

All participants completing the course will also receive a new 'go:cycling savers' loyalty card offering discounts at local bike shops, retailers and cafes.

To book a free session email events@getcycling.org.uk or call 01904 636812.