AFC Fylde Community Foundation are urging local youngsters to ‘Get on their bikes’!

The Foundation is pushing pedal power as part of its ‘Bikeability’ programme, which is being delivered in local primary schools.

The charitable organisation has pushed ahead to become one of the main deliverers of the national Bikeability training scheme across the Fylde Coast, encouraging children to be both safe and confident on two wheels.

With an impressive team of fully-qualified NSI Bikeability trained staff, the Foundation has wasted no time in launching the programme in schools to ensure all local youngsters have access to training and are ready and able to take to the roads.

Bikeability is a country-wide recognised and respected training course in which children and adults learn to ride their bikes safely. There are different levels of Bikeability courses available to cater for varying levels of ability. Level 1 focuses on non-road cycling and learning key principles such as signalling and stopping.  This part of the course is ideal for primary school children with perhaps little experience of riding a bike.

Also being delivered in primary schools by the Foundation is Level 2, which allows the trained Bikeability staff to accompany the children out on the roads, teaching them how to ride safely and sensibly and be aware of surrounding conditions such as traffic. The pupils receive guidance in all aspects of owning and riding a bike from carrying out safety checks to confidently turning corners on roads.

 Foundation Director Tom Hutton is pleased the Foundation is playing such an important role in helping to make cycling safer across the Fylde Coast. He said: “Bikeability is a great programme which really benefits the entire community. It’s massively important that children understand the necessity for safety on the roads and helping them to learn these principles is a really rewarding for the team.”

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