Rotherham youngsters learn to ride on special bikes

Instructor George Yakub and balance biker Jacob Crooks
Instructor George Yakub and balance biker Jacob Crooks
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Young children in Rotherham are getting a head start in learning to ride on specially designed bikes.

A new course where youngsters aged two to six learn how to ride on balance bikes is being run at leisure centres in Maltby and Aston.

The bikes, which do not have pedals, are specially designed to allow children focus on balance, increase direction and manoeuvres and general confidence.

They start by straddling the bike, then lifting their feet before learning how to coast.

Once they have mastered balance they can make the switch to pedal bikes without the need for stabilisers.

Course trainer George Yakub said; “Our Balance Bike Buddies Courses run over six weeks, and are aimed at children aged two to six years.

“Throughout the course, children will learn valuable road safety and cycling skills. The classes also incorporate a fun element which keeps their attention during the class.”

Balance Bike Buddies course are delivered by Balanceability programme trainers, the UK’s only accredited learn to cycle programme for children aged two to six.

The course is due to start soon at Rotherham Leisure Complex.