London,
23
August
2011
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Gain cycling skills and confidence through free training in Hackney

Thinking about getting on a bike for the first time, or wanting to start riding to your new school or college?

To help maximise safety and fun while cycling, Hackney Council offers cycle training throughout the borough. All the training is free of charge to people who live, work or study in the borough and the Council is encouraging young people to take to the roads on their bike. Young people aged 12-25 who may be starting a new job or moving to a new school or college could benefit from one to one tailored advice from a professional instructor who will go through with them routes and techniques for getting there by bike safely.

A whole range of other training is available to suit people of a variety of ages and abilities. You can: learn to balance a bike for the first time; gain confidence and skills to start riding on the road; troubleshoot bad habits for experienced riders; take part in all ability cycling clubs or learn to ride with your child(ren) on the road. The Council is also offering specialist cycle training courses for HGV Drivers to experience using the roads on a bike.

Cycling is an increasingly popular method of transport in Hackney, not only for its health benefits but because it’s also faster and cheaper than many other options. So why not join the cycling revolution?

Leyla Tenvere, 17, joined Hackney s volunteer police cadets about four months ago as her ambition is to join the police force in the future. While she has been able to ride a bike since she was a small child, she still managed to gain useful tips and advice to boost her cycling skills and confidence at a recent, free, group cycle training session arranged by the council. She said: “It was really enjoyable and we were able to pick up lots of useful information about things like bike maintenance and stopping safely in an emergency. I’d recommend the training to anyone that rides a bike."

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Cycling is a healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way to travel. Our cycle training gives everyone the opportunity to build confidence to safely enjoy the excellent cycle routes in Hackney. I’d encourage anyone thinking about riding a bike or wanting to develop their cycling skills to get in touch and take up the free training on offer all year round.”

For more information about Hackney s cycle training scheme, please contact the Council on: 020 8356 3000; visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/cycle-training or email: cycletraining@hackney.gov.uk.