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14 May 2014 – Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Road Safety Team has organised free cycle training for adults in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port to coincide with Adult Learners week.

The courses will be delivered by providers Cycle Experience. One course is designed for people who have not yet learned to balance.

It takes place on a school playground or similar large traffic- free area. Aimed at adults new to cycling, they are taught to balance, steer and to be able to use brakes effectively. It is expected that they will leave the course able to ride a bike and the sessions consists of an hour and 30 minute session.

For those who can ride but need to improve their control skills, there is a two hour course for adults who can balance but need to develop better control skills which include starting and stopping, riding one handed, signalling, dealing with obstructions, looking behind and emergency stopping in preparation for going out on the road.

There is also a two hour course, starting on quiet roads, for people who already have good cycle control skills but who need to know how to ride safely on the road. The course progresses to busier roads in the locality. It includes road positioning, left and right hand turns, junctions, small roundabouts, passing a side road and passing parked cars. Also tackled is communication with other road users.

Finally for bicycle riders who are already reasonably confident and who want to cycle more safely on busier and more complex roads, there is also a two hour course. This aims to include cycling involving traffic lights, filtering, multi-lane roads and larger and busier roundabouts.

The courses have received the backing of Whitby Councillors Bob Crompton and Brian Jones.

Councillor Crompton said: “These free courses include novice bicycle riders to those who need more confidence in more busier and complex traffic environments and I am sure will be very popular.”

Added Councillor Jones: “The aim is to increase bicycle rider confidence during the

four different levels of courses, which are all run by friendly instructors. I would urge riders to put their names down for them as soon as they can.”

To book on a course please visit the website and then choose the Whitby Park venue. Once submitted you will see a choice of courses, dates and times, and simply select your choice.

The dates for the courses are as follows:


Saturday June 14th

10am – 11.30am Complete Beginner

11.45am– 1.45pm Confidence Booster Level 1

Saturday June 21st

10am – 11.30am Complete Beginner and Confidence Booster Level 2

11.45am – 1.45pm Confidence Booster Level 1 and Confident Rider Level 3