Seventy children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from Dysart School saddled up and are now Bikeability trained thanks to our cycle trainers.

The training took place at the Weir Archer/Kingsmeadow Athletics and Fitness Centre where pupils experienced the thrill of going around the centre track on different bikes, including tricycles and tandems. At the sessions they received training on identifying parts of a bike, how to get on and off, how best to control, steer and stop the bicycle safely after which they were all given a badge and certificate for their achievements.

Around 2,000 children in Kingston have taken part in a Bikeability training  in the past 12 months. Bikeability is the Department for Transport’s national award scheme for cycle training in England primarily for children and young people, for riders of all abilities.

Tony Williams, Governor at Dysart School, said:

"Our pupils pushed boundaries and obviously had a wonderful time. Well done to our staff members - they work so hard and care so much. 

“My admiration goes out to them in the way they work with, encourage, support and laugh with our pupils. They are all a credit to Dysart and most importantly are making a difference to the lives of our pupils. 

“Many thanks as well to Kingston Council’s Cycling Team. They are passionate about what they do. Their expertise and approach were first class and really supportive."

Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for environment and sustainable transport, said:

"It’s wonderful that so many of the Dysart School pupils took part in the Bikeability session. Many congratulations to everyone who took part.

“We are dedicated to getting as many people enjoying cycling possible and the more children and young people we see on cycles, the better!

“Cycling safety is essential and it’s great that these students have learned some vital aspects of remaining safe and secure when riding a bike.”

If you are interested in Bikeability training contact sustainable.transport@kingston.gov.uk, or call 020 8547 5002.