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School children are set to get in a spin at cycle safety event

10/06/2013

School children in Lichfield will be getting in a spin as part of a cycle safety event next week.

“We are 100 per cent committed to improving road safety in Staffordshire and we know that teaching children vital cycling skills is a top priority for parents. That is why we are working closely with our partners at the county council to run courses like this that are not only educational but are also entertaining and engaging for young people.”

Lichfield firefighter Phil Mulligan

Dozens of pupils from St Michael’s Primary School will join their parents to put pedal power to the test on Friday, June 14.

Lichfield firefighter Phil Mulligan is organising the session with support from the school’s Parent and Teacher Association and Staffordshire County Council’s road safety team.

Fitness fans will be able to cycle around the mile long circuit at Curborough Sprint Course, Woodend Lane in Hillards Cross as many times as they want between 4pm-7pm.

Children aged four to 11 who attend the school are invited to take part in the activity. Each young cyclist will be given a pump-bag containing goodies featuring road safety messages and advice leaflets.

The event was launched last year and successfully highlighted the importance of road safety to many young cyclists and their families.

Phil, who is a keen member of Lichfield City Cycling Club, said: “We are 100 per cent committed to improving road safety in Staffordshire and we know that teaching children vital cycling skills is a top priority for parents.

“That is why we are working closely with our partners at the county council to run courses like this that are not only educational but are also entertaining and engaging for young people.

“The feedback from parents who took part in the initiative last year was incredibly positive and we are determined to build upon that success and ensure that our children are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be as safe as possible when they are on their bikes.”

Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and the connected county, said: “Cycling is a great activity that is fun and keeps children fit and healthy, but it's important that they keep themselves safe when on the roads. This is our number one priority and we deliver a wide range of cycle training for school children across the county to achieve this.

“Bikeability is cycle proficiency for the 21st Century which is free and provides fun training sessions for both primary and secondary aged school children. Over 9,000 children in the county receive training each year."

The event is only open to children who attend St Michael’s Primary School, Sturgeon's Hill, Lichfield and their parents or guardians. The sessions cost £3 per child and £1 per adult to attend and up to 100 people can take part.

There are some places left but people must book in advance by calling Phil Mulligan on 01543 264833.