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Free sessions to brush up riders' cycling skills

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

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FREE cycle confidence sessions are being offered to those who want to get on two wheels.

People who live in Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton or Totnes can pick up tips, brush up their skills or simply find out more about cycling to work through the sessions.

The offer comes after Team GB's success in cycling at the London 2012 Olympics and the 'Wiggo effect' saw a huge increase in the numbers of people wanting to get on their bikes.

The combination of the success of the British track and road cyclists and the recent Tour de France victory for Bradley Wiggins has led to more than 1,000 people signing up as members of British Cycling in just two weeks.

Help is at hand for those who would like to give cycling a go but have never tried it before, or lack the skills or confidence to go out and explore Devon's roads or the county's cycle networks.

Devon County Council offers free cycle confidence sessions for adults living or working in Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton and Totnes, thanks to its successful bid for Local Sustainable Transport Funding from the Department for Transport.

All sessions are run by professional and experienced instructors.

Cycle Devon's sustainable travel officer Colin Savage, said: "Our sessions are for everyone who may need a little cycling help, whether it's learning to ride a bike from scratch or brushing up on their skills — maybe to start cycling to work." For more information, log on to www.cycledevon.info or call 01803 861175 for courses in Totnes or 01626 215603 for Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton.

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  • realityzone  |  December 11 2012, 7:25AM

    It seems from comments here that the "war" between cyclists and motorists will run and run. They both have good points to make but I just wish that cyclists would not be so smug and "holier than thou" some of them certainly have attitude and are prepared to put themselves in danger for it.

  • Bleach  |  December 10 2012, 8:48PM

    Let's hope we can stop cars parked all over the pavements up and down my street. Let's hope we can stop them breaking the speed limit all over the place Let's hope we can make them realise that there's no such thing as road tax and that most cyclists also own cars and pay the same vehicle excise duty as you do Mr Bayman1. Let's hope we can also make fools like you realise that what they pay in Vehicle Excise Duty doesn't even come close to what it costs to keep our roads running and that everybody contributes, whether they own a car or not.

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  • Bleach  |  December 10 2012, 8:47PM

    Let's hope we can stop cars parked all over the pavements up and down my street. Let's hope we can stop them breaking the speed limit all over the place Let's hope we can make them realise that there's no such thing as road tax and that most cyclists also own cars and pay the same vehicle excise duty as you do Mr Bayman1. Let's hope we can also make fools like you realise that what they pay in Vehicle Excise Duty doesn't even come close to what it costs to keep our roads running and that everybody contributes, whether they own a car or not.

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  • Bod66  |  September 02 2012, 8:00PM

    Lets hope they start a car driver scheme teaching that the four flashing lights controlled by that stick on the steering column tells other road users and pedestrians your intentions to change direction and that the centre mirror is for looking behind and not at yourself and using a mobile while steering with your elbow is not the norm and the left hand mirror is used when exiting a roundabout, I could go on about the abysmal life threatening driving I have to swerve around every day on my bike but I only have 3478 characters left and that isnt nearly enough.

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  • reptor2456  |  September 02 2012, 7:17PM

    Lets hope they do the well over due "Free sessions to brush up riders' motor bike skills"!!

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  • bayman1  |  September 02 2012, 5:39PM

    Lets hope that the cyclists will be taught NOT TO CYCLE ON PAVEMENTS,go up one way streets the wrong way, go through red traffic lights and other anti social ways,etc As cyclist pay no road tax, who's paying for this, I suppose it's us tax payers subsidising the cyclist yet again, and the govenment keeps telling us there is no money to spare to run front line services!

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