School pupils take part in City of York Council Bikeability session

York Press: Front, Lydia Mellen and Luke Smith get advice from their instructors. Back, from left, are cycle trainer John Bullock, Councillor Janet Looker, and instructors Rob Bartlet, Angela Blackwood and Billy Geraghty Front, Lydia Mellen and Luke Smith get advice from their instructors. Back, from left, are cycle trainer John Bullock, Councillor Janet Looker, and instructors Rob Bartlet, Angela Blackwood and Billy Geraghty

Students from a York school are among the first to take part in this year’s cycle training course offered by City of York Council.

Youngsters from Millthorpe School took part in a Bikeability training session to showcase their new cycling achievements.

For a small fee all York students aged between 12 and 14 can now train and qualify for the Bikeability Level Three cycle training, which is the only government approved cycle training scheme.

The course targets children’s daily commute to school and helps develop their overall awareness and cycle safely skills on all types of roads, which is particularly important as the evenings get darker in the winter months.

John Bullock, Cycle trainer, said: “By teaching children how to cycle safely now, we are giving them the choice of a low cost, healthy, sustainable transport option for the rest of their lives”

Sessions are two-hours long with a fully qualified cycle trainer.

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11:40am Fri 16 Nov 12

BL2 says...

What happened to the cycling proficiency lessons at primary school? We were all taught how to cycle safely before that age.
What happened to the cycling proficiency lessons at primary school? We were all taught how to cycle safely before that age. BL2
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12:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

yorkborn66 says...

I was only allowed to cycle to school after I had passed the cycle proficiency test. The only exception was to bring my cycle to school to do the test.
Same moan every year, GET SOME LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKES,
I was only allowed to cycle to school after I had passed the cycle proficiency test. The only exception was to bring my cycle to school to do the test. Same moan every year, GET SOME LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKES, yorkborn66
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1:26pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Gary Gilmores Eyes says...

It's good that they are getting some training. Lets hope that they use it!

Now we ust need lots more training for the other idiots on the road, including the individual on a bicycle who can only be described as intellectually challenged this morning with no lights on cycling down wigginton road doing a very wobbly right hand turn over the railway bridge at burton lane end with no rear observation at all, no hand signals and no lighting in the dark at all at 7am and gave me the middle finger because I sounded my horn to make him aware of my presence as I overtook him.

I must polish my ctystal ball better!

I think he was trained by Peddling Paul!
Scratch that, he did not swear loudly enough for no reason than himself being a candidate for next years Darwin awards.

F&ckwit.....
It's good that they are getting some training. Lets hope that they use it! Now we ust need lots more training for the other idiots on the road, including the individual on a bicycle who can only be described as intellectually challenged this morning with no lights on cycling down wigginton road doing a very wobbly right hand turn over the railway bridge at burton lane end with no rear observation at all, no hand signals and no lighting in the dark at all at 7am and gave me the middle finger because I sounded my horn to make him aware of my presence as I overtook him. I must polish my ctystal ball better! I think he was trained by Peddling Paul! Scratch that, he did not swear loudly enough for no reason than himself being a candidate for next years Darwin awards. F&ckwit..... Gary Gilmores Eyes
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8:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

yorkshirelad says...

yorkborn66 wrote:
I was only allowed to cycle to school after I had passed the cycle proficiency test. The only exception was to bring my cycle to school to do the test.
Same moan every year, GET SOME LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKES,
Same moan every year...obey speed limits (I don't do shouty capitals!)!
[quote][p][bold]yorkborn66[/bold] wrote: I was only allowed to cycle to school after I had passed the cycle proficiency test. The only exception was to bring my cycle to school to do the test. Same moan every year, GET SOME LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKES,[/p][/quote]Same moan every year...obey speed limits (I don't do shouty capitals!)! yorkshirelad
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11:39pm Fri 16 Nov 12

yorkborn66 says...

As a motorist and a cyclist I don’t want to kill or hurt a cyclist at night because I could not see them. The capitals are for a reason to the minority of idiots without lights .
As a motorist and a cyclist I don’t want to kill or hurt a cyclist at night because I could not see them. The capitals are for a reason to the minority of idiots without lights . yorkborn66
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