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Emily Cherry, Chief Executive of the Bikeability Trust visits Winton Primary School

Emily Cherry, CEO of the Bikeability Trust encourages Ella at the BCP Council Winton Primary School Bikeability Balance course

 

Children at Winton Primary School today received a special visitor during their Bikeability Balance course on Thursday. Emily Cherry, the Chief Executive of the Bikeability Trust, visited the school to see one of BCP Council’s Bikeability courses in action.

The Bikeability Balance course which she visited, is an entry level course that introduces pupils to handling a two-wheel bike for the first time and teaches them how to balance, steer and manoeuvre the bike.  The bikes they use are provided by BCP Council for the course and have no pedals nor chains but are moved forward by the child pushing with their feet, making them easier to balance and learn on.

The course is aimed at 4 to 7 year olds and helps them develop handling and awareness skills.  It also helps to build confidence ahead of a future course which will help them onto pedalled bikes.

Emily Cherry, Chief Executive of The Bikeability Trust said: “It was wonderful to see the children enjoying their first experience of cycling, they all looked like they were having a great time!  Cycling is an essential life skill and such good exercise and fun for children. Bikeability gives children the skills they need to cycle with confidence on the roads, helping them make more sustainable transport choices. It was fantastic to visit Winton and see such enthusiasm for cycling.”

Laura Nightingale, Assistant Head of Winton Primary School said:

“We are really pleased to be holding Bikeability courses at the school and it has been lovely showing Emily the positive work that the organisation she now runs does in the community.

“The children love learning how to cycle and many of them are already saying how they want to move up to a proper bike and eventually cycle to school.  This is great news as cycling is good exercise and helps the children to stay fit and healthy.  We have also noticed that children who use an active form of travel to school, are generally more alert and receptive to learning during their school lessons.”

Cllr Nicola Greene, BCP Council portfolio holder for Education said:

“BCP Council offers Bikeability courses to all schools in our area, which can be run at their premises or at one of our training centres. We have been successfully running the Bikeability Balance courses in Poole for the past three years and we are now ‘rolling them out’ in Bournemouth as well.  These new courses will be great for teaching children how to cycle and encourage them, and their families, to get on their bikes, get healthy and cycle more.”

You can find more information about BCP Council’s Bikeability courses here

From L to R: Graham Hurst (BCP Council Bikeability Instructor), Emily Cherry (CEO Bikeability Trust), Cate Read (BCP Council Bikeability Instructor), Laura Nightingale (Assistant Head, Winton Primary School), Emily Yelland (PE Teacher and Bikeability Ambassador, Winton Primary School)