Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Freewheeling in Manchester

Free adult cycle training is now available in all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

The free training has been a huge success in Manchester over the past 18 months and has now been given additional funding from the governments new Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Originally funded by Manchester City Council, the initial Freewheeling project was aimed at people who live, work or study in Manchester and for a range of abilities, including: “Learn to Ride” for people who never learnt/cannot ride a bicycle.

Level 1 courses for beginners and those who are not very confident about cycling

Level 2 courses for those who have cycled for a while and want to develop new skills or for those who are returning to cycling after some time

Level 3 for cyclists who want to hone their skills and develop specific techniques for tackling busy urban areas with a view to commuting by bicycle.

Training sessions can be booked via the BikeRight! web site. The training is based upon the National Standard for Cycle Training and BikeRight! instructors are all qualified experienced cycle trainers.

Multiple sessions can be booked which means that skills can be developed over time. The advanced level 3 courses are on a one-to-one basis and can take place anywhere in the area, using people’s regular routes to work or college for example. Anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or studies in Greater Manchester is eligible for Freewheeling, but book soon as places are limited.

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