South Lanarkshire Council scheme gets in gear to make kids cycle-smart

Bicycles and helmets are now available to schools to help children learn how to cycle safely.

More than 40 bikes are available through a new Bikebank scheme, which will help schools and instructors plan for Bikeability courses following the summer holiday break.

Chairwoman of the council’s Road Safety Forum, Councillor Julia Marrs, said: “There are unfortunately small numbers of pupils at our schools who are currently unable to participate in Bikeability training as they do not have access to the correct bike or in often in our rural areas cannot get their bike to school.

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“We are delighted that we now have a bank of bikes which can be booked in advance by schools across all the whole of South Lanarkshire, thanks to Cycling Scotland in partnership with Healthy n Happy Bike Town.

“These bikes will be a useful aid to allow schools to forward plan Bikeability cycle training activities and address any individual needs at a local school level.

“We believe these are skills which our pupils will be able to use for the rest of their lives and are a key factor in building confidence and good road sense, getting young people out there and enjoying the many benefits of cycling.”

Bikeability Scotland is the national cycle training programme for school children to assist them to develop this essential life skill.

The following levels are supported by the council’s Traffic and Transportation Section:

• Bikeability Scotland Level 1 (Aimed for completion by the end of primary 5)

This focuses on basic cycle control skills with an adaptable game-centered approach, and is delivered fully within the playground.

• Bikeability Scotland Level 2 (Aimed for completion by the end of primary 6/7)

This is the core Bikeability level which includes starting and ending a journey, road positioning, making left and right turns, u-turns and overtaking. This level requires ‘on-road’ training.

Full details regarding the national Bikeability Scotland programme can be found online.

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