Keynsham youngsters saddle up to improve cycling skills

Published on: 06 Jan 2014

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Pupils at Chandag Junior School saddled up to learn some new cycling skills as part of a project to get more people in B&NES using their bikes.

The playground was transformed into a special course by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s cycling development officer Jim Imeson, complete with a ramp and some challenging corners to help the youngsters improve their bike handling.

The session was held as part of the council’s Go By Bike initiative to encourage more cycling and was attended by children from different age groups as part of the school’s Golden Time reward scheme.

Mr Imeson said he began working with schools in B&NES in 2009, when just five per cent of pupils surveyed said they cycled to school at least once a week. There has been a dramatic change since then with 33 per cent of pupils saying they regularly cycle or scoot to school.

He said: “I am very lucky to have such a great job and work with such a proactive group of schools. 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for cycling ever in Bath and North East Somerset with more and more people cycling and some extremely exciting events taking place in the upcoming year.

“I have definitely noticed more bikes at schools as lots of families are deciding to cycle to school and also go on leisure rides in the holidays or weekends using amazing traffic-free routes such as The Two Tunnels and Bristol-Bath Railway Path. This can only be good news for local communities as cycling helps keep our children fit and healthy as well as reducing congestion and improving the environment.”

Go By Bike cycling sessions are regularly held at the Odd Down cycling circuit, with more information available at www.bathnes.gov.uk.gobybike.

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