Gearing up for safety initiative

(l-r) Karen Nelson, Calibre managing director; Norma Redfearn; Heather Todd, associate director Bike4Health; Amy Carroll, Cobalt Business Park management team; Ollie Nelson, NTR junior member; Chris Dixon, NTR Chair; and Ben Nelson, NTR junior member. Picture by Simon Williams.

(l-r) Karen Nelson, Calibre managing director; Norma Redfearn; Heather Todd, associate director Bike4Health; Amy Carroll, Cobalt Business Park management team; Ollie Nelson, NTR junior member; Chris Dixon, NTR Chair; and Ben Nelson, NTR junior member. Picture by Simon Williams.

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Young cyclists are benefiting from a new safety initiative to help improve their riding skills.

North Tyneside Riders (NTR) Cycling Club have secured a car park at Cobalt Business Park to teach road safety skills thanks to directors of Calibre Secured Networks Ltd Karen and Steve Nelson, who are NTR members.

The initiative is part of NTR’s safety drive to ensure junior members can improve their riding skills.

Karen said: “We have our own cycle to work scheme and are both passionate about promoting a healthy, happy workforce through activities such as cycling.

“But safety on the road is a big concern; so we wanted a place where junior members could learn the skills and awareness.

“The site loaned by the Cobalt management team is perfect. We had a lot of support from the council, so I would like thank them together with Cobalt’s management team.”

Bike4Health, a company developed to enable communities, businesses and children to incorporate cycling into their lives, is also involved after stepping in to help with additional coaches.

Lyn Cramman, from Cobalt’s management team, said: “We were delighted to help. As an organisation we’re committed to encouraging more sustainable ways for people to travel to work.

“And this of course includes cycling. So we welcome anything that contributes towards ensuring youngsters are safe on the roads, and begin their cycling adventures in the right way, with valuable training and guidance.”

The project will involve an initial trial period ahead of plans by NTR to open it up soon to youngsters across all of North Tyneside.

Information will be available to parents through local schools and advertising on NTR new website http://northtynesideriders.co.uk