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Brailsford youngsters take to their bikes to become Smart Riders

Posted on 22nd June 2015

Pupils in Brailsford have been getting on their bikes to learn more about road safety thanks to a visit from local Safer Neighbourhood officers.

PC Rachel Baggaley and PCSO Joanne Dales from the Hulland and Brailsford Safer Neighbourhood Team paid a visit to youngsters at Brailsford C of E Primary School to encourage the class to become Smart Riders.

Throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, June 17, the Year 6 pupils took to their bikes to start their first session of the cycle proficiency programme.

The programme, which will run over five weeks, is delivered in partnership with Derbyshire County Council to help boost confidence when out on the road, along with developing their observation and control skills, cycle maintenance and hazard perception.

Alongside the practical training, the pupils were also handed a 'Tales of the Road' highway code and also a booklet all about becoming a Smart Rider. Over the coming week, the youngsters will be asked to test their knowledge by carrying out a road safety questionnaire.

PC Rachel Baggaley from the local policing team said: "Cycle safety is highly important, especially when cycling close to roads, so it is pleasing to see the youngsters getting on board with this and learning to become Smart Riders.

"During the first session, we spoke to the group about the rules of the road, staying safe and always wearing a helmet and suitable, florescent clothing so that they can be seen by motorists.

"Over the coming weeks we will help to develop the children's knowledge of road safety, such as building their balance and control, turning, and manoeuvring between major and minor roads safely.

"We had a really great response from the children in the first session and I am looking forward to being able to award them with their certificates at the end of the cycling programme."

David Wood, Headteacher at the school, said: "It is fantastic that the police service is still able to visit schools and help our children to be as safe as they can be when riding their bicycles on the roads.

"I know that our Year 6 children have really been looking forward to these sessions, and, as a school, we see it as just as an important life skill as being able to swim."

The Smart Rider programme is also being rolled out at schools in Hulland.

To speak to the Hulland and Brailsford Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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