Calling all young and new cyclists

A popular Warwickshire County Council cycle course will run again at Easter to help youngsters stay fitter, healthier and safer on the road.

With spring around the corner lots of children will be getting back on their bikes. To help them stay safe, the council’s Bikeability cycle training is back and the good news is that 2012 charges are being offered.

Bikeability is Cycle Proficiency for the 21st century and training enables children to be safer and more independent whilst travelling by bike on or off road.

As well as the obvious fitness benefits, children who cycle are more likely to be energised, excited and ready to learn.

Courses are being offered at Warwickshire College bases in Leamington Spa and Rugby.

The playground based Level 1 for cyclists aged seven to nine years takes place on Monday 25 March 9.15am to 12.15pm and is £8.00 per cyclist.

The Level 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday 26 and 27 March also 9.15am to 12.15pm, is aimed at children aged nine years and over who are ready to cycle on the road. This two-day course is just £15.

The more advanced Level 3 course, for competent cyclists aged 11 and over who are ready to take on more challenging road situations, takes place on Wednesday 27 March from 1pm to 3pm and costs £15 per cyclist. A certificate and badge are awarded for all successfully completed levels.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “Now is such a good time to learn how to cycle safely. Warwickshire is such a lovely place to explore and now there are more cycle routes available than ever before.

“Cycling is really booming with more and more people taking to their bikes and with the Olympic successes of our road and track cyclists, I’m sure even more people will want to take to two wheels.

“The best possible starting point for enjoying safe cycling is Bikeability cycle training. Once pupils have been involved in Bikeability they are far more likely to become regular and confident cyclists.”

For more information and to book a place visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cycletraining or call 01926 412776.