A new scheme has been launched in Wyre Forest to provide free cycle training for adults.
The Wyre Forest Adult Cycle Training (ACT) scheme offers residents aged 16 and over two free two hour training sessions with qualified cycle instructors.
Training is tailored to the needs of the individual - those who are getting started can learn to ride a bike in a safe off-road environment, while those who wish to build their confidence can do so with an instructor on quiet local roads.
Intermediate and advanced training is also available for those wishing to cycle more or on busier roads.
Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group is funding Wyre Forest Cycle Forum to run the pilot scheme and the first training session was held at Stourport Cycle Track.
Instructor Sandra Pedersen said:
“The adults who took part in the first training session from the Emily Jordan Foundation enjoyed mastering cycling, it was great to see them get on their bikes and see their confidence grow.”
Councillor Sally Chambers, Cabinet Member for health, wellbeing and housing, said:
“Wyre Forest District Council is pleased to support this new scheme which we hope will help more would-be cyclists increase their confidence and cycle more frequently. Cycling is a great way to increase general health and fitness as well as a great way to get about. While many children undertake Bikeability training in school, this hasn’t been freely available to adults until now.”
To find out more about the Adult Cycle Training scheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01562 732569.
Photo shows: Trainers Jonathan Darby and Sandra Pedersen with their first adult cycling students from left to right Adrian Knight, Anees Rahouf and Shane Turner.