Bike shop helps pupils become safer cyclists

Greystones Headteacher Anthony Keane with Coun Stuart Martin and Neil Dunkley of Moonglu cycle shop with some of the youngsters who took part in the cycling project. (1204281AM)
Greystones Headteacher Anthony Keane with Coun Stuart Martin and Neil Dunkley of Moonglu cycle shop with some of the youngsters who took part in the cycling project. (1204281AM)
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Pupils from a Ripon primary school have been in training to become safe cyclists.

Children in Year 6 at Greystone Community Primary took part in a two-day cycle training scheme to make sure they are able to ride their bikes on the road safely and without putting themselves or any other road users in danger.

The school hosted the ‘Bikeability’ course for the children on Friday, April 27, and Monday, April 30.

Cycling trainers from North Yorkshire County Council came into the school to encourage the children to ride their bikes and help them learn how to go on the road safely.

Ripon bike shop Moonglu, on Blossomgate, was also involved in the training.

Shop owner Neil Dunkley came along to the school to check the children’s bikes and make sure they were all safe to be ridden on the roads.

School governor Coun Stuart Martin helped arrange the day.

He said: “We want to thank Moonglu for giving up their time to help out.

“It was a really good event and we want to encourage other primary schools in the area to take it up.

“The Bikeability scheme is run by the county council so, from the school’s perspective, there’s no cost involved and it is a really worthwhile scheme.”

The first part the course involved the children learning how to do a helmet and bike check, cycling control skills including starting and stopping, manoeuvring at different speeds, looking behind, signalling left and right without wobbling and correct use of gears, all in the safety of the school playground.

The second part was for more advanced cyclists, and was conducted on the road. It included starting and stopping an on-road journey, passing parked cars and overtaking, passing junctions, road and traffic awareness, road positioning, left and right turns from major and minor roads, decision making, road markings and the highway code.

At the end of the course all of the children passed their test.

The children and staff at Greystone School also thanked Coun Martin for arranging the training and Moonglu for their help with the bike safety checks.

The schools has already booked the Bikeability team to come back and run another two-day cycling safety course for their Year 5 pupils, Coun Martin added.