More than 2,000 primary school pupils in Nottingham have benefitted from a training scheme which teaches them how to ride a bicycle and prepares them for Bikeability training further down the line.
Lifecycle was designed and is delivered by Nottingham City Council’s road safety education team, with funding provided by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
The project was launched in 2013 as an early intervention program which supports road safety education, sustainable transport and cycle safety. It is intended as a stepping stone towards Bikeability training.
James Fee, from Nottingham’s road safety team, said: “To date, Lifecycle has been delivered to 27 Nottingham primary schools and more than 2,000 children have taken part.
“Children of all cycling abilities are invited to take part, from those who can ride to those who have never even been on a bike. In fact, since February 2014, 442 children have learned to cycle thanks to Lifecycle.
“The scheme provides an introduction to formal cycling lessons until the child progresses to Bikeability. It is hoped that with the increased number of children learning to cycle thanks to Lifecycle, higher numbers of participation and pass rates for Bikeability will follow.”
The Lifecycle project includes lesson plans with set objectives and outcomes for each level. It can be replicated by other local authorities, schools or private training providers, particularly those already engaged in national standards Bikeability training.
For more information about Lifecycle contact James Fee by email.