British Cycling partners with three NW councils


British Cycling has partnered with three councils in the North West of England to help encourage younger residents onto their bikes.

The sporting body will unite with Bolton Council and Knowsley Council to introduce children to cycle sport, while collaboration with Halton BC will focus on improving the bike skills of 650 local primary and secondary school pupils.

Bikeability training will be delivered across Halton’s schools, with British Cycling instructors working to give children the skills and confidence to ride their bikes in numerous on-road environments.

Throughout their training, riders will improve their knowledge of busy roads, junctions and roundabouts – particularly those which resident cyclists are likely to use following the course.

British Cycling's director of coaching, education and development, John Mills, said: 'This is the second year running that we have partnered with Halton BC to deliver Bikeability.

'The aim is to provide children with the opportunity to develop bike handling skills, so they can confidently ride on the roads.'

In Bolton and Knowsley, British Cycling's Go-Ride development programme will work to make the sport of cycling accessible to children of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds. Dedicated coaches will run racing sessions with youngsters to encourage entry into competition.

Executive member for sport at Bolton, Cllr Connell, said: 'Cycling is one of 16 priority sports in Bolton, so we are excited to be creating this partnership with British Cycling, which will see cycling grow. The council is committed to developing the sport with children and adults.'

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