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Thousands of youngsters engage with Bikeability courses in Leeds

Pupils from Rufford Park Primary School taking part in Bikeability training.

Pupils from Rufford Park Primary School taking part in Bikeability training.

Record numbers of children in Leeds have been taking Bikeability cycle training over the last year.

Nearly 5,700 pupils saddled up to take part in the training, which is the modern day cycling proficiency programme, between April 1 2013 and March 31 this year.

Bikeability training in Leeds is delivered by Leeds Carnegie Bikeability on behalf of Leeds City Council, with funding provided by central government.

The training is designed to give youngsters – such as those recently pictured on a course at Yeadon’s Rufford Park Primary School – the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on our roads.

Coun Judith Blake, lead member for children’s services, said: “Cycling isn’t just a sport or leisure activity and we are keen to promote pedal power as a healthy and sustainable way of making every day journeys. Travel data shows there are more people using bikes than ever before in Leeds.”

Since 2010 nearly 18,500 young Leeds cyclists have taken Bikeability training.

For details visit www.leedscarnegiebikeability.co.uk.

 

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