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Bikeability training is back!

The Bikeability training programme restarted in Wokingham Borough in June, when some schools reopened for Year 6 pupils. 

Courses have been adapted to follow the strict guidelines set out in the Bikeability Trust’s and Government Covid-19 guidance, with hygiene measures and smaller group sizes of 3 children to 1 instructor, to enable physical distancing.

In June, the first schools to run Bikeability courses for Year 6 pupils since lockdown were All Saints C of E Primary in Wokingham, Sonning C of E Primary School and St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Hurst.  In July, we are pleased to be offering courses at The Colleton Primary School in Twyford and Finchampstead C of E Primary School.

Photos show some of the 18 children at All Saints Primary enjoying their Bikeability training out on the roads.

Our Cycle Training Co-ordinator said: “Now, more than ever, it is important to provide Bikeability training for children, to give them the skills and confidence to be able to cycle on the roads.  Many children have been enjoying cycling with their families during the Covid-19 pandemic and we want to capture this enthusiasm and build on it to make them the cyclists of the future. We are keen to encourage as many children as possible to use cycling as their means of transport to secondary schools next year. Not only is it good for their own health, it also helps the environment and reduces traffic congestion around schools.”

For children who have missed out on Bikeability training at schools this year, we will be offering a comprehensive programme of Bikeability courses in the Summer holidays, at various locations in the Borough.  We will make a small charge of £10 each for holiday courses, with the remainder of the cost being covered by grant funding.

 If anyone would have difficulty in paying the course fee, then please contact us in confidence.

For details of Summer holiday Bikeability courses for children aged 10 years or over, we hope to be able to advertise these from Monday so you can book onto them.