Students improve their cycling skills

More school students in North Tyneside are being given the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike safely and confidently on roads.

North Tyneside Council’s Bikeability training, which has traditionally been delivered to only primary school pupils, has been extended to Year 8 and 9 high school students.

Students at Longbenton Community College and John Spence Community High School in North Shields have been the first to benefit from the initiative.

The sessions provide on-the-road coaching on how to cope with real-life traffic situations. They are being delivered by the council’s sports development team and its technical services partner, Capita.

Sustainable transport office Paul Adams said: “I’m pleased that more young people have had the opportunity to benefit from Bikeability training.

“Our efforts to improve road safety in North Tyneside involve a mix of engineering work, enforcement activity and education initiatives such as this.

“The training isn’t based in the classroom but takes place on the roads, which means they are extremely practical sessions.”

To date, 32 students from Longbenton Community High School and eight from John Spence Community High School have received Level 2 Bikeability training, which equips them with the skills to deal with traffic on short journeys.