People taught how to ride a bike in Bolton
CYCLING novices can learn how to ride a bike at a new free course in Bolton.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will hold two ‘learn to ride’ tutorials at Bolton Queens Park on Sunday, September 29.
People taking part can learn new skills including balancing, starting, stopping your bike, using the gears as well as how to look, signal and turn.
The Bolton courses are among dozens taking place throughout the ten districts of Greater Manchester as TfGM aims to make Greater Manchester the most cycle-friendly British region outside London.
In April, a major 12 year cycling strategy — called ‘Velocity 2025’ — was submitted by TfGM to central government in a bid to secure £20 million of national investment in Greater Manchester cycling education and infrastructure.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We have grand plans for cycling in Greater Manchester and want to increase usage amongst local communities.
“Part of this is giving new cyclists the basic tools and knowledge to ride a bike confidently and offer further advice for learning.
“These courses in Bolton are free, easy to book, will provide expert help and are certainly a couple of hours well spent if you are a novice cyclist.”
TfGM is also running a cycle maintenance course where people can learn how to keep their bikes clean, mend punctures and safely adjust brakes and gears for a smooth ride.
This will take place from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday, October 1 at the YMCA Bolton, in Deansgate.
The two-hour learn to cycle courses are for adults over 16 years old and will take place from 10am until noon and 1pm until 3pm on Saturday, September 29.
People taking part will be tutored by experts and do not have to bring a bike to the course, as demonstration bikes will be made available.
Yet people are advised to bring their own bike to the maintenance course where possible.
Places must be booked in advance by going online at betterbycycle.eventbrite.com/ or calling 0300 123 1675.
New cycle lanes have just opened on the pavement next to the junction of Blackhorse Street and Trinity Street, in the town centre.
Council bosses say they have been created to “ease traffic flow around the town centre, particularly for cyclists travelling to and from the university, and the colleges”.
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