Get on your bike for cycle skills event

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Disadvantaged young people from across Milton Keynes will be trained to improve their road cycling skills at an event today.

It will see the launch event for StreetGames’ partnership with Bike Club, the young peoples’ section of CTC, the National Cyclists’ Organisation.

The event will take place at the Make a Difference StreetGames project in Milton Keynes, The Buszy, 401 Elder Gate, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1LR from 10am until 4.30pm today.

The Make a Difference project is in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, and Richard Davis, Head of Sport Development, will be attending the event.

The event will see a group of young people with little cycling experience trained up to the Bikeability level 2 standard. This will include learning correct braking and signalling technique along with bike handling skills on nearby roads. By the end of the day all those who attend should be able to cycle safely and confidently on the roads of Milton Keynes, opening up opportunities for them to include cycling as a convenient, cheap and healthy form of transport.

StreetGames, the national youth sports development charity, helps young people in disadvantaged communities receive regular access to sport.

Bikeability was created by a number of professional organisations including CTC, the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation. It is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. In partnership with StreetGames, Bike Club will ensure that young people from disadvantaged communities are given the correct training on how to cycle on modern roads.