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Free adult cycling sessions launch this weekend

Free adult cycling sessions will take place at Birkenhead park from this weekend for residents who want to improve their skills and feel more confident on two wheels.

The training is available for anyone wanting to improve their skills, road positioning, confidence or just to get back on their bike.

Cycle training courses, run by BikeRight, will take place at Birkenhead Park from Saturday 22 August, with further training sessions available on Saturday 29 August and Saturday 12 September, with more dates to be announced.

Funding for the cycle courses is secured through a successful bid that Wirral Council and partners submitted to Merseyside Road Safety Partnership to encourage residents wanting to get back into cycling to take part in training and education so they can get back on the road safely.

Cllr Liz Grey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change at Wirral Council, said: “I would encourage anyone who would like to get back out on two wheels and get back into cycling to take one of these free courses as training classes will help you to gain more confidence and the necessary skills to travel safely around the borough using our ever improving cycle infrastructure.

“The council continue to prioritise sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling by installing new cycle lanes and improving existing lanes to make them safer and easier to use and it is vital that cycling is now considered a legitimate option for travel so that we can continue to make the necessary changes for a greener and more sustainable borough.”

To focus on building skills off the road, basic level 1 training will take place from 10am till 12pm in local parks or on cycle tracks. Qualified trainers will also be running afternoon sessions which will be level 2 courses (1pm till 3pm) and participants will ride on quiet local roads, back streets and B-roads and help build on existing skills and confidence.

To take part in the level 2 training, either level 1 training must have been completed or the participant must feel confident that they already have level 1 skills. Residents who want to make a day of it can complete both courses on the same date.

For more details and to book a place please visit the BikeRight website.

To take part in the courses, participants will need to be over 16 years of age, able to ride unaided (training sessions are not for complete beginners) and have a bike available to you.

For residents who don’t have their own bike but would like to take part, bikes can be borrowed from HYPE Bike Hub, but you will need to confirm at the time of booking.

Cycle training is also available until the end of August for children over the age of ten years old, who missed the training delivered in schools due to coronavirus.

Places are still available for the following child group cycle training sessions:

To book a place for your child before they return to school in September, visit the BikeRight website.