Bike training courses launched for school holidays

To help ensure a memorable summer holiday, pupils aged 10 and above are being offered the chance to take advantage of Summer Bikeability Courses and brush up on their safe-cycling skills, thanks to Reading Borough Council. 

Bikeability is designed to give the next generation of children the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on today’s roads, as well as being a healthy and fun activity.

The courses also provide value for money for parents who are asked to contribute £10 towards the cost of the course. The rest of the cost is covered by Reading Borough Council through a grant secured from the Department for Transport.

CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, arranges for fully-qualified, security-vetted professional instructors. All children need is a road-worthy bike, a helmet and be able to ride a bike.

Courses will run from 9.30am until 3pm and children that successfully complete the training will be given a badge and certificate to award their achievement. Spaces are limited so parents are advised to book places now.

The following two-day summer holiday courses are available to children in Years 5, 6 and 7:

  • Prospect Park: 7th & 8th August
  • South Reading (New Directions): 12th & 13th or 14th & 15th August
  • Caversham Park Primary: 19th & 20th August, 21st & 22nd August or 28th & 29th August

Additional courses are available for children aged 12 and above or those who have already completed the Level 2 course and are 11 or over. These Level 3 courses focus on busier roads and more complex junctions, including roundabouts and traffic signals.

Level 3 courses are available at the following venues:

  • Rivermead Leisure Centre – 16th August
  • Caversham Park Primary – 23rd & 30th August

Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Transport, said: “These courses have proved tremendously popular throughout school holidays, and rightly so.

“Children can brush up on the skills they need to travel safely by bike and it helps them to keep active. The grant secured by the Council also provides good value for money for parents. I’m sure this summer’s courses will prove similarly successful.”

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