A record number of local children have thrown away their stabilisers this summer after pedalling their way to success, completing Wokingham Borough Council’s Bikeability Learn to Ride course at Woodford Park and other locations
Wokingham Borough Council’s My Journey team have successfully helped a massive 168 of our school age children master the skill of riding a pedal bike.
The My Journey team hosted regular weekly sessions at the FBC centre in Finchampstead and at Woodford Park Leisure Centre in Woodley, where children were invited to attend two consecutive sessions to learn to ride.
Due to its continued success, demand for the sessions have increased. To help accommodate as many enthusiastic wannabe cyclists as possible this summer, the My Journey team worked in partnership with Cycle Experience to run a number of additional sessions throughout the summer holidays at Floreat Montague Park primary school in Wokingham.
Over two weeks in August, 86 children attended the courses, bringing the total number of children trained this Summer to 168.
“I would like to congratulate all our young children who have mastered this fantastic skill over the summer, a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives”, said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport.
“I would encourage any parent wanting some help with teaching their child to ride a bike to get in contact with the My Journey team and get signed up to one of their weekly sessions.”
The key to success for the Bikeability Learn to Ride course is partly down to the number of instructors, with the team able to offer one instructor for every two or three children.
During the sessions the team use bikes without pedals (balance bikes) and teach children to balance, glide, steer and stop. Once they have mastered balancing, they move on to learning how to pedal.
The My Journey Wokingham team will be running more Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions this term on Thursdays from 4 to 5pm. There is a £5 charge per session and booking is essential, via the My Journey Wokingham website at www.myjourneywokingham.com/events