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A series of completely free Summer Cycling School classes will be taking place in Waltham Forest this August, designed to help children gain more confidence on their bikes.


The courses range from half-day complete beginner sessions to four-day group training to help children looking to get into cycling as a sport.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Our free summer school programme will help children gain confidence when cycling and are also a great day out for families. We want to give as many people as possible the help and support they need so they can get out on their bikes around the borough. These classes are also a great way for kids to get active outdoors over the summer holiday.”


Community Outdoor Group (COG)Training is run in partnership with London Met Police and British Cycling, and is a weekly cycling group for children looking to get into cycling as a sport. The Council has teamed up with COG to provide four-day training sessions to teach braking, balancing and speed control skills that are ideal for track racing.


The next session runs from 8 to 11 August at Higham Hill Recreation Grounds, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm each day. The course is suitable for children aged 9 to 14. To register and find out more email roadsafety@walthamforest.gov.uk.


For more basic cycling skills Bikeability training is ideal. Level one is playground based, off-road group training, suitable for children aged 6 to 9. The half-day session takes placed from 11am to 1pm, and will be available on the following dates and locations –


Chingford Foundation School – 9, 10 August

Leyton Jubilee Park – 16, 17 August

Church Lane car park, Leytonstone – 23, 24 August.


Level two Bikeability training is available to children who have completed level one, and is suitable for ages 9 upwards. This course covers on-road training and takes place over four days (children must be available for all four days). Sessions run from 9am to 11am each day, on the following dates and locations –


Chingford Foundation School – 8 to 11 August

Leyton Jubilee Park – 15 to 18 August

Church Lane Car Park, Leytonstone – 22 to 25 August


To sign up visit www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/waltham-forest


Half-day complete beginner training is also available for children aged 4 to 9, providing basic off-road skills for those who are new to cycling. The training takes place on the following dates and locations –


Chingford Foundation School – 8 and 9 August

Leyton Jubilee Park – 15 and 16 August

Church Lane carpark, Leytonstone – 22 and 23 August


For further information and to book a space visit www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/waltham-forest


If that wasn’t enough, there are also Friday Family Rides, ‘Try a Bike’ all ability sessions and free mini bike maintenance sessions all taking place during August. For more information on any of these sessions and to book a place visit www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/summer-cycling-school/


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