Cycle safety training available for young people as lockdown eases

Thousands of young people are set to benefit from cycle safety training now that Merseytravel’s popular and long-running Bikeability scheme has restarted.

The scheme, which trains 8,000 young people a year to cycle safely, is temporarily being moved from schools to community venues across Merseyside as lockdown eases.

With more and more people choosing to get around by bike, the vital training will help young people to cycle safely and confidently, with sessions being held throughout the summer holidays.

The training is usually given to classes of pupils in years 5, 6 and 7 but with schools having been closed to most students due to coronavirus, Bikeability training is instead being hosted at community venues, including King’s Leadership Academy in Bootle, HYPE community hub in Birkenhead, All Saints High School in Kirkby and at Bikeright! in Sandhills.

The sessions will help teach young people the practical skills and understanding they need to travel by bike, including reading road signs, recognising hazards and sharing space with pedestrians and road users.

Young people can sign up for Bikeability training on the Bikeright! website.

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