Road safety and police officers in Powys have delivered cycle training to a group of Syrian refugees, following a plea to help them learn the rules of the road.
Cllr Liam Fitzpatrick, cabinet member for highways at Powys County Council said the training, which was organised and delivered by the council in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police, has provided the 18 refugees with ‘key skills to become safer cyclists’.
The training was organised after members of the group – whose ages range from seven to 56 years – asked for help to understand the rules of the road when out cycling.
Cllr Liam Fitzpatrick said: “Trying to cycle and navigate on our roads when you have no experience at all must have been daunting for the Syrian refugees now living in Newtown.
“The training has provided them with key skills to become safer cyclists when on the road as well as learning valuable road safety advice.
“I’m delighted that our road safety officers and officers from Dyfed Powys Police are working together to keep all members of our communities safe when they are using our roads.”
The refugees who took part in the cycling training are from six families that were resettled in Newtown earlier this year as part of the Syrian vulnerable person resettlement programme.