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Bikeability sessions to run for next four years across South Ribble – when and where they are

Posted on - 28th June, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale, What's On in Preston

South Ribble Borough Council has announced a series of free sessions to support people with their cycling thanks to CyclingUK and their Big Bike Revival Programme.

The council has secured £71,132.20 in funding to extend popular Bikeability scheme for the next four years in schools across the borough.

The Bikeability scheme promotes cycling skills and safety aimed at everyone no matter what age or ability, in the South Ribble area. The scheme is being delivered across South Ribble schools, with some community-based sessions coming this summer.

Read more: Preston Pedals running free cycling events through June and July

Jennifer Mullin, Director of Communities and Leisure at South Ribble Council, said: “We are thrilled to secure funding that allows us to continue offering the Bikeability scheme to our residents in South Ribble.”

She continued: “Cycling not only benefits health and well-being but also contributes to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in our area. By investing in cycling proficiency, we are investing in the future of our community. I would encourage anyone interested to come along to our sessions to find out more.”

There are several cycle focused initiatives planned to start from June 20th as part of the Big Bike Revival. Such as Sofa 2 Saddle, a programme designed to help adults learn to ride a bike over a 5-week period in a friendly and relaxed way. Beginning at 10:30am on Thursday the 20th of June and every Thursday after for five weeks, taking place at Withy Grove Park, Brindle Rd.

If your bike needs some TLC the Dr Bike team will also be holding various free bike repair sessions across the borough throughout the summer.

Monday July 8th at Bamber Bridge Morrisons 3pm – 5pm
Tuesday July 9th at Penwortham Tesco 3pm – 5pm
Friday July 19th at Withy Grove sports Hub 1pm – 4pm
Monday August 19th at Withy Grove sports hub 2pm – 4pm,
Tuesday August 20th at Tardy Gate Rec between 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday August 21st at Farington Park 2pm – 4pm
Thursday August 22nd at Higher Walton Rec 2pm – 4pm.

As well as the community guided bike rides being held which are open to everyone for a fun day out, there will also be four learn to ride sessions.

Monday August 19th at Withy Grove sports hub 2pm – 4pm
Tuesday August 20th Tardy Gate Rec 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday August 21st at Farington Park 2pm – 4pm
Thursday August 22nd at Higher Walton Rec 2pm – 4pm.

Bikeability is a nationally recognised scheme which offers riders of all abilities the skills to cycle safely and confidently. The scheme also supports the council’s goals of promoting sustainable travel, reducing carbon emissions, creating safer roads and developing a culture of active living within the community.

For more information about the Bikeability and Big Bike Revival schemes or to book a session, email sports@southribble.gov.uk.

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