Cycling safety course for youngsters from South Yorkshire Fire Service and Doncaster Council

Thorne young cyclists are put through their paces by South Yorkshire Fire Service
Thorne young cyclists are put through their paces by South Yorkshire Fire Service

A South Yorkshire fire station has really got into gear to fire young cyclists wits and skills.

Bike mad kids in Doncaster can pedal proficiently thanks to a series of fire station hosted cycle safety sessions.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Doncaster Council to deliver the sessions at Thorne fire station, which proved to be a popular venue for the cycling course.

The fire station’s yard provided a safe environment to carry out the cycling lessons, which aim to increase the road safety knowledge of those who attend.

The ‘Bikeability’ course is facilitated by Pedal Ready Cycle Training and is open to individuals of all ages who are looking to either improve their current cycling ability or learn to ride a bike for the very first time. The course focuses on developing observation and manoeuvrability skills and provides an introduction to the Highway Code for young cyclists. Safety is also a main feature of the course and those who attend receive advice on how to be noticeable when riding on the roads as well as the importance of correctly fitting a cycle helmets.

Station manager, Mike Anthony, who has been working on this project, said: “We are looking to expand the involvement of fire crews in local community projects such as Bikeability. By using our stations for projects like this, we are able to improve safety within our communities and we hope that the sessions at Thorne fire station are to be the first of many.”

Business development officer for Doncaster Council, Andy Maddox, said: “We are delighted to support this project as we are keen to encourage more people into cycling more often. This scheme helps to facilitate this. The first session was very well attended and we look forward to a summer presence in Thorne.”

Pedal Ready Cycle provides free cycle training across the Doncaster area as well as Sheffield and Rotherham. If you’d like to find out more, email admin@pedalready.co.uk or call 0114 241 2775.