Learn to ride a bike ahead of Tour de France

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Those across the Harrogate district yet to learn to ride a bike have the chance to do so ahead of the Tour de France - without the need for stabilisers.

Harrogate Borough Council has bought a number of bikes with the aim to offer ‘Balanceability’ cycle programmes for youngsters, adults and those with physical difficulties.

The authority’s sports development team has adapted the programme to extend it to adults and those with physical disabilities.

Balanceability combines ergonomic balance bikes with a programme of activity that builds confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to cycle without needing stabilisers.

The council has purchased a number of these bikes which it will loan to partners who want to deliver courses.

Councillor Pat Jones, Cabinet Member for Culture Tourism and Sports, said: “Once trained up partners will be able to teach others how to ride a bike. Our main aim is to see children learn to ride safely but there are lots of adults who never learned to ride. We also want to help those with physical difficulties who, with some specialist training, will be able to enjoy all that riding a bike brings.”