Sessions to help parents teach their children how to ride a bike safely and confidently have helped 57 local young people.
Children aged five to 11 took part in the sessions organised by Bolton Council and Bolton Community Leisure Trust throughout December and January at Leverhulme Community Club.
This is the second year the free sessions have been run and they proved to be a big success with both parents and their children.
One parent, whose child Sophie Day attended the course, said: “She had only sat on her new bike indoors, but at the session the staff removed the stabilisers and with their help and support, she was riding her bike quite confidently by the end of the session.”
Mrs Gilmore, another parent at the session, said: “The staff gave advice and encouragement to remove stabilizers, adjust the height of their seats and showed my children how to find balance on their bikes. After 12 months of owning bikes they rode without stabilisers on the first day.”
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, said: “The bike sessions provide a safe and controlled environment for young people to get used to riding independently.
“The scheme has proved really successful and we had some great feedback from parents who were pleased to see their children gain confidence over the sessions. It’s a great way of getting families outdoors together and, what’s more, the sessions are free.”