Join the nation and get out on your bike!

As part of National Bike Week, Calderdale Council is encouraging people to get out on their bike and cycle safely. National Bike Week is running this week (Monday 17 to Friday 21 June 2013) and is set to be the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, offering something for everyone.

2012 saw almost half a million people taking part in the celebrations of cycling across the UK. This year, Bike Week is asking the nation to dig out their bikes, get back on the saddle and fall in love with cycling all over again!

Over 350 school children across Calderdale are taking part in a pedal free cycle programme. This programme helps to improve balance and steering. Once mastered, this makes it much easier for new riders to learn how to pedal at the same time. The course aims to build confidence, spatial awareness and balance, to enable children to cycle without stabilisers and learn new skills on an exciting obstacle course.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:

“It’s great to see so many young people taking part in this exciting cycling programme. As the Tour de France comes to Calderdale next year, we need to take this opportunity to really highlight the benefits of cycling across Calderdale and encourage as many people as possible to discover Calderdale on their bikes.”

The pedal free programme aims to increase the number of children being able to ride bikes confidently and safely.

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General safety information and advice is also available Calderdale Council’s website: Safer cycling – what you can do

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