Alexandra Park children can't wait to get out on their bikes!

Date published: 14 June 2021

Children at Alexandra Park Primary School have taken part in important life skills training - by getting on their bikes.

Bikeability offer cycling training to improve confidence and increase children's awareness of safety on the roads when cycling.

The school have offered the training to Year 4 and Year 5 for many years.

However, this year had the highest up-take of places, with 40 children taking part in the Bikeability initiative.  

Year 4 children focus on essential bike handling skills, while Year 5 took their bikes out onto the road in the local community to practise more advanced skills.

Samantha Nicholson-Hickling, the school's PSHE leader who organised the training, said: "Cycling is a life skill and it is something I am very pleased we are able to offer our children.

"There are so many people involved in road traffic accidents as cyclists, and unfortunately some are fatal.

"This training means our children are able to be safe both when cycling off the road, but on the road as well.

"The Bikeability trainers are fantastic with the children and make the sessions fun, engaging and very worthwhile.

"They cycle in their local area, learning skills that they can use outside of school and into their adulthood."

According to Bikeability, they offer essential cycling skills.

They recently created and shared a set of films for parents to use at home when teaching children to ride.

One child in Year 5 said: "I love Bikeability.

"I feel much more confident riding my bike and I know how to be safe.

"It's been a brilliant two days."

Another added: "I felt really wobbly on my bike before, but now I feel really confident.

"I can ride uphill as well which I couldn't do before."

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