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South Derbyshire youngsters get on their bikes as Tour de France begins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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AS the Tour de France got underway in Yorkshire yesterday, children at a school in South Derbyshire have also been getting on their bikes.

Pupils at Pennine Way Junior Academy have been taking part in the ‘Bikeability’ course, which is led by the district council and educates youngsters about being responsible when riding on roads and built-up areas. Children are being encouraged to cycle to school to help address parking issues in the area.

The scheme also teaches children to signal properly, conduct emergency stops and how to care and look after their bikes. Teacher Richard Snape, who is in charge of cycling at thev school, said: “Not only are we teaching children to cycle safely on the roads and cycle paths but also encouraging them to lead more healthy lifestyles.

“We also have a huge car parking problem around Pennine Way and we hope that encouraging more children to come to school on their bikes will ease the conjestion around the school, in the morning and at the end of the day.”

South Derbyshire Bikeability coordiantor, Stedroy Baker, said:“The children at Pennine Way have been brilliant. Not only are they working hard and listening to instructions in order to keep them safe, but they’re enjoying it immensly aswell. It been a fantastic two days cycle training.”

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