The fun-filled Balance-ability sessions, run in partnership with the 1610 Leisure Trust, aim to encourage children to choose cycling as an enjoyable regular activity to help them stay fit and happy. contributing to their overall health and wellbeing.
Councillor Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “Balance bikes have proved a very effective way to help young children balance and steer and it’s fantastic that The Bridgwater Way have provided this service to primary schools across Bridgwater.
“Teaching children cycling skills early on is very important for their confidence and ultimately their safety.”
So far, the Bridgwater Way project has worked with more than 400 children in St Mary’s, Eastover, Wembdon and Puriton Primary Schools to improve their cycling skills and confidence. Many other schools are keen to get involved over the coming months.
Funded by the Department for Transport, The Bridgwater Way includes 6.5miles of new or improved cycle paths and walking routes and a host of activities to encourage sustainable transport and ease congestion. It is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.
Notes to editors
• Funding for The Bridgwater Way has come from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans.
Other aspects of the project include:
• Cycle Training – Anyone can also take part in cycle training and cycle maintenance training. These can be tailored to all abilities and ages and can be on a one-to-one basis, or to a small group or family. Visit our website for details. All courses are free.
• Businesses travel planning – Work with businesses in the town to improve the commute to work through new bike lock ups and facilities, cycle safety training for staff and preparing for major investment such as the Colley Lane Link.
• Bike It Plus (provided by Sustrans) – Work with schools to encourage pupils to be more active on their journey to school and to promote cycling, scooting and walking as an alternative to the car.
• Cycle services – Help and training for cycle repairs and maintenance is being given to school children across the area through the popular Dr Bike scheme.
This sort of support is also available to businesses in the area through a ‘repair and ride’ scheme which can tackle up to 20 bikes at a time.
For more information, visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk