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Dorset Children Learn To Cycle Safely


8:49am 17th November 2014
(Updated 9:07am 17th November 2014)

Dorset school children are being offered the chance to learn how to master their cycling skills so they can stay safe while riding on the county's roads.

The County Council is putting on Bikeability lessons for kids in year’s four to nine, to teach them everything from controlling their bikes to tackling road traffic hazards.

The nationally recognised scheme is being funded by the Department for Transport.

Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for environment and economy, said: "Bikeability is a fantastic way for Dorset's youngsters to learn to cycle safely.

"The levels are aimed at different ages as they progress through them. With national funding we have been able to offer this opportunity across the county."

The scheme is offered at three different levels. At level one children learn to control and master their bike in an environment away from cars or traffic, this is usually in a playground or closed car park and is aimed at children in year four (8-9 yrs).

Pupils will get out on the road in level two, getting a real cycling experience. It helps them deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to friends, or the shops, which is aimed at children in years five and six (age 9 -11yrs).

At the third level students learn how to tackle more challenging roads and traffic situations. They will deal with hazards, make 'on-the-move' risk assessments and plan routes for safer cycling. Cyclists will learn how to use with roundabouts and filter lanes. The course is provided over one, three-hour session and is aimed at pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 (Age 11-14yrs).

As an added bonus pupils who have completed levels 2 and 3 have the chance to win £100 Halfords voucher. Instructors pick one pupil whose behaviour or effort has been noted. The vouchers are allocated by a prize draw.

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