High Peak youngsters pedal their way to cycling proficiency

Youngsters at a number of primary schools in the High Peak are pedalling their way to cycling proficiency.

PCSOs Tracy Jones and Karen Green of the Chapel and Whaley Bridge Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have been holding six-week sessions at some of the primary schools in their patch.

Five youngsters at Furness Vale Primary School, three youngsters at Dove Holes Primary School and seven youngsters at Taxal and Fernilee Out-of-School Club are all taking part in the initiative.

The cycling proficiency sessions are designed to develop observation and handling skills, introduce the Highway Code, teach the importance of cycle maintenance and hazard awareness, and provide advice on protective headgear and bright clothing.

Youngsters have to be aged 10 and over in order to take the test, of which there is both a written theory and practical exam, and will receive special certificates once they have passed.

PCSO Tracy Jones said: “The youngsters have done really well and have either passed their test with flying colours or are well on the road to success.

“It is really important that youngsters know how to ride their bikes safely and I hope they will use their skills when they are out and about in the future.”

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 0345 123 33 33 or you can send an email from the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.