FREE cycling lessons will be offered to children in the Chester area to keep them safe on the roads this summer.
Parents and carers are being encouraged to sign youngsters up for the workshops, organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Aimed at six to 14-year-olds, the sessions offer children the opportunity to learn to ride, or improve basic skills.
Cllr Lynn Riley, the council’s executive member for localities, said: “These courses cover the all-important information needed by children who either want to learn to ride a bike, venture onto quiet roads or are more accomplished and need information about complex road features.
“All the free courses are great fun and are enjoyed by the children taking part.
“Not only will the training help to keep our children fitter, healthier and safer, it is also a great way to get around and good for the environment.”
Led by experienced trainers, the lessons will take place at Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port on July 28 to August 1 and Mid-Cheshire College, Hartford, on August 4 to 8.
Training formally takes place off-road and is designed to “develop the basic control skills and understanding fundamental to being able to ride on the road”, a council spokesman said.
Level one is ‘off road’ for six to nine-year-olds and includes skills such as getting on and off the bike, starting, stopping, pedalling, riding in a straight line, looking behind and signalling without wobbling.
Level two is ‘on road’ for nine to 12-year-olds, starting off with quiet junctions and roads but progressively moving to busier junctions and roads as the trainees’ skills, understanding and confidence develops.
Level three is for 12 to 14-year-olds who are more experienced and wish to cycle further afield, using busier roads and more complex road features including bigger roundabouts, traffic lights and multi-lane roads.
Children must have a road worthy bike and a helmet to enrol on a course and must be dressed according to the weather with suitable shoes, waterproof and/or warm clothing.
Booking can be completed at www.cycle experience.com/holidaycourses.
For details call 0845 4348451.
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