Refresher course to encourage people to cycle to work

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PEOPLE in Lancashire thinking of taking up cycling are invited to sign up for a two-hour course where they will be able to brush up on their bike-riding skills.

The courses are part of a pilot programme to find out whether providing commuter cycle courses in Lancashire will encourage people who usually travel by car to work, college and training to “get on their bikes”.

The two-hour sessions, organised by Lancashire County Council with Blackpool Borough Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, are designed to meet the individual needs of the participants. They are led by trained cycle instructors who are expert in helping people to cycle safely and confidently.

The sessions can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or to small groups of colleagues and can be organised to fit around people’s commitments. Anyone who does not have a suitable bicycle or helmet can borrow one from the training provider.

County Coun. Tim Ashton, cabinet member for Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “Whether you’re getting stressed about the amount of time you’re wasting in traffic jams or the rising cost of fuel, or whether you’d just like to get fit, these courses are an ideal chance to update your cycling skills and increase your confidence.

“If the courses are popular, we’ll look at the possibility of providing cycle training on a more permanent basis. In the meantime, I’d urge everyone to sign up and take advantage of this superb free training.”

The course will cover:

How to cycle in traffic and basic manoeuvres

How to best position yourself on the road to be seen

Information on cycling routes in your area

Road rules and safety for cyclists

Tips for riding at night or on rainy days

How to cycle and look stylish .

Places on the courses are limited. They will be offered on a first come first served basis. However, every effort will be made to provide training wherever possible.

To book a place or for more information, contact Cilla Cross at Lancashire County Council on 01772 530201 or email: cycling@lancashire.gov.uk