Free bike courses for pupils

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CHILDREN across Sheffield are being urged to take up free cycle training with their schools as part of a drive to boost bike safety.

As families dust off their bikes for the spring, city school pupils aged from nine to 13 can claim free Bikeability cycle training.

The Government-approved course has replaced the outdated Cycling Proficiency Test designed over 50 years ago, and shows children how to check their bikes, how to control their bikes safely and how to ride confidently on quiet local roads.

The council has £88,000 to provide training, which is available for 2,200 schoolchildren in primaries and secondaries.