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Trust providing safer cycle training to Fylde coast schools

24 March 2015

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Trust have delivered safer cycling scheme to over 750 children

Over the last year, the Community Trust  in partnership with Lancashire County Council has delivered the Bikeability  - safer cycle training to over 750 children and young people in Fylde coast primary schools.
The programme is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) to support the nationally recognised 'Bikeability' scheme. A scheme that provides cycling training for the 21st century.
For children and young people who do not currently own a bike one can be provided by the company for the duration of the training. This style of training is adapted to meet the schools needs, with a minimum of eight hours training being provided. It can be condensed into a timescale to suit the schools.
Jan Reef, Safer Travel Adviser, Lancashire County Council said: "I think it is very important for all children to learn how to ride their bikes safely. With the ever increasing number of vehicles on the roads the availability of this type of training is essential to give children the best possible road safety knowledge."
Matt Hilton, Director of Community & Education, said: "Cycling has many benefits, both for the health of the individual as well as being a far more environmentally friendly form of transport, which should be encouraged from an early age.
"It is therefore vital that our children are given the opportunity to learn how to cycle safely when riding on the city's roads.
"The lessons learned from the training given will hopefully stay with them for life ensuring that they can enjoy cycle safely for many years to come."

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