Pupils celebrate Bikeability success
PUPILS at White Rock Primary School in Paignton have gone cycling mad this year.
Torbay Council's instructors have taught 96 Year 5 and 6 pupils how to ride their bikes on the roads and gain their coveted Bikeability level two certificates and badges.
Bikeability is designed to teach the skills and confidence needed to ride bikes on today's roads.
The training involves taking the children out on the road on their bikes and teaching them essential skills such as road positioning, overtaking parked cars, passing side roads and how to negotiate junctions correctly.
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Michelle Radant, the council's Bikeability officer, said: "The children at White Rock are particularly keen and so many of them wanted to do the courses that they were over-subscribed and we have had to organise more to accommodate them all.
"We have a fantastic relationship with the school. They invite us back each year to train more and more pupils.
"The school is extremely 'pro' cycling and positively encourages the children to sign up for the course.
"They also provide an excellent storage facility for the children's bikes so they can cycle to school.
"They all thoroughly enjoy the course and are enthused to carry on cycling at the end of the week.
"It is wonderful to see how their confidence improves as they develop the various skills necessary to ride on the road."
Tom Page, White Rock's deputy headteacher, said: "Here at White Rock we promote healthy lifestyles and would encourage as many children to cycle to school as possible.
"However, traffic conditions in the surrounding area can be a little daunting to cyclists and, therefore, this course gives the children taking part the opportunity to build confidence on the road. The course was extremely well organised and the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part — despite the atrocious weather conditions."