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News: Chairman's Cycling Call To Children

Friday, 11th June 2004
(PR 1391)

School pupils are being urged to become healthy as part of a new cycling scheme from Lancashire County Council.

The Chairman of the County Council, Nora Ward will join a Family Cycle Ride on 16 June from St Teresa's RC Primary School in Penwortham to Avenham Park.

The ride is open to pupils at St Teresa's and their families. A similar event is planned for pupils at Whitefield Primary School on 23 June.

Cyclists will travel in small groups led by experienced riders along quieter streets and lanes in their local area. Less confident riders can also take part - assistants will be on hand to encourage and support them during the trip.

Each Family Cycle Ride has been specially designed to encourage children and families to cycle - both for leisure and to/from school.

County Councillor Ward said:

"Cycling is a fun activity which all the family can take part in. With warmer weather and lighter evenings, the summer is an excellent time to get out on your bike.

"Across the county there are many specially marked cycle routes so that cyclists can travel safely, often away from busy roads in quieter areas.

"By encouraging children to cycle to school, it helps to reduce congestion around schools and is of course great exercise."

All children who complete the ride will receive a certificate and memento of the event.

For safety reasons, all cyclists are encouraged to wear approved helmets and wear easily visible clothing. A bike check will be carried out before the cycling starts to ensure that all bikes are in a roadworthy condition.

Rides start at approximately 6pm and will take about an hour.

For further information please contact: Stephen Axon on 01772 533194

stephen.axon@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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