Cycle safety can be a major concern for many parents, so a Bikeability course, aimed at informing children about how to stay safe whilst out riding their bikes, will be taking place again over the Easter holidays.
From Monday 30th March the States of Jersey Police Roads Safety Officer Philp Blake will be running a number cycle proficiency workshops for youngsters from age 10 and above, to teach them about looking out for the dangers on Jersey roads.
Whether you’re children are getting on a bike for the first time or returning to cycling after a break, these courses are intended to prepare them for what to expect. There are three levels of learning, starting with basic off road training, leading up to quite difficult riding conditions in busy town traffic
The courses will cover a range of different aspects from road positioning, dealing with basic road junctions, signalling and the importance of safety checks on their bikes, as well as the bikes suitability for being on a road and reminding them they have to take responsibility for their actions on the road.
Also on the agenda this year is the importance of wearing of bicycle helmet and lessons on how to fit them correctly. In 2014 a new Law came into place in Jersey which now makes it compulsory for all children under the age of 14 to wear a cycle helmet when out riding their bikes.
The States of Jersey Police Road Safety Officer Philip Bake said: "Cycle safety is high on our list of priorities and we don't want to see any more people injured on our roads. We need to educate everyone on how to stay safe on the road and where better to start than with the road users of the future”.
Trainee cyclists must be a minimum of 10 years old and be able to ride their bike without an undue wobble as the course involves road riding. They will need to provide a road worthy bike, and the trainee must have a properly fitted cycle helmet up to EU standards.
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