Children go stabiliser free at Jesmond Dene with Schools Go Smarter

Children go stabiliser free at Jesmond Dene with Schools Go Smarter

Learning how to ride a bike is a special experience for any child and Go Smarter has been helping children say goodbye to stabilisers and hello to the freedom of two wheels in a series of special sessions at Jesmond Dene.

Delivered by Sustrans on behalf of Schools Go Smarter - Tyne and Wear’s sustainable transport programme - the ‘Stabiliser free sessions’ held inside Jesmond Dene invited children to ditch the training wheels and make the big step to cycling on two wheels.

Children aged between three and nine joined their parents for the hour-long training session to learn how to balance on their bike using only two wheels and try cycling by themselves for the very first time.

Alison Janes, FEAT 1st Officer at Sustrans who delivered the sessions on behalf of Go Smarter said: “We had a fantastic day at Jesmond Dene and I’m delighted to say there were lots of cycling success stories with many of the children managing a short journey on their two wheeled bikes.

“It’s been great for parents to be involved in the sessions and see their children reach this huge milestone. It’s very daunting learning how to ride a bike without stablisers but we’ve been on hand to guide the children through the process and give them the encouragement and support they need to cycle away on two wheels.”

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