YOUNGSTERS saddled up to learn how to keep safe and bright whilst out on their bikes.
The Bikeability cycle training course rode into St John’s Primary Academy to teach pupils of all ages and abilities on how to keep out of danger and the basic skills for riding a bike.
Susan Lane, from St John’s said: “Bikeability is designed to give the children confidence to ride their bikes on today’ roads. The children underwent one and half days cycling to gain Level one and Level 2 certificate.
“Some of the areas covered were using gears, signalling, emergency stops, checking their bikes for them being roadworthy, using junctions and using the highway code. They were taught in the school playground and also on the local roads in Clifton.
“The children all appeared to enjoy themselves, despite the awful weather.”
Run by the road safety office at Calderdale Council, the training is split into three different levels.
Starting out at stage one where children learn to control and master their bike away from cars and traffic.
The next level sees youngsters go out onto the roads and gives them real cycling experience so that they are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school.
Level three is normally done once pupils start at secondary school with course dealing with hazards, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling.