Funding boost for cycle safety scheme

A SCHEME to help youngsters cycle safely in Rotherham has been awarded more than £200,000 by the government.

The ‘Bikeability’ training, which is an up-to-date version of the old Cycling Proficiency Test, will now be able to deliver more courses in schools around the borough.

The free training comprises of three levels, from beginner to advanced.

In Rotherham, the courses will be aimed at pupils aged ten and 11, but there are now opportunities for older children to benefit from the advanced training.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Town Centres, Economic Growth and Prosperity, said: “The award is great news for our young people.

“It will help the authority provide essential cycling skills to school children across the borough and will hopefully encourage many of them to cycle to school as well as cycling in their free time.

“This free Bikeability training provides vital road safety awareness and gives children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on our roads.

“Hopefully, cycling will become a good habit and a form of travel that will stay with them for life.”

For more information on Bikeability contact Paul Gibson in the council’s Transportation Unit on 01709 822970.