Find out what we've been doing over the summer and what training is coming up
We have a well-established Bikeability cycle training programme in primary schools, but did you know that we have been extending the programme to the wider community?
During the summer, over 150 Surrey residents took part in cycle training provided by Surrey County Council, which was part funded from the Active Travel England Capability and Ambition Fund.
Our Surrey Cycle Training team organised a range of courses for secondary school children, adults and families in Reigate, Woking, Elmbridge and Farnham, to equip them with the cycling skills and knowledge they need to feel safe and confident on Surrey's roads.
What cycle training has taken place?
Working with Heathside Walton-on Thames secondary school, new year 7 students planned and rode their commute to school under the expert guidance of our qualified cycling instructors. This gave the students and their families confidence to actively travel to school from September.
Alice Holt Forest hosted a variety of cycle training we provided around the villages of Rowledge and Frensham. As well as training children in Year 7 and 8, the team also coached adults and family groups with teenagers who wanted to improve their on-road cycling skills. One family in particular felt the training gave them confidence to all ride more together.
Our cycling instructors took park in the Ladies Celebration Event run by Active Surrey, giving women the opportunity to learn to ride a bike at Eastwood Leisure Centre – they are now booking their places on the next course! Learn to Ride sessions have also been provided for both children and adults at the Sports Box.
It's important to us that adults feel confident on their bikes so residents have also benefitted from 'Adult Confidence' sessions, for those getting back on their bikes after a break. The course is based on the new Highway Code and is great for anyone needing a refresher or starting out.
Want to get involved?
We're now working on a calendar of cycle training for the forthcoming year. If you are interested, please visit surreycycletraining.online and look at the public courses available. If you can't see exactly what you need, you can register your interest for a future course.
If you are parent and are not sure if your school is running Bikeability this year, please contact our roads and transport service who can help you.
Interested in becoming a Cycling Instructor? If you'd like to work locally with flexible hours, enthuse groups of learners and enjoy working outside then we'd love to hear from you. We are currently recruiting. You can find out more by looking at our cycling instructor job advert.
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