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Young Bournemouth cyclists shown how to stay safe on the roads

A group of youngsters from St Michael’s School, Bournemouth, are taking part in a cycle safety course led by their local PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers).

PCSOs Michelle Carpenter and Hannah Ward, of the Westbourne and West Cliff Safer Neighbourhood Team, are running a six-week cycling proficiency course for a group of pupils from St Michael’s School.

The course covers elements of the Highway Code, including: the correct equipment and clothing; following road signs; bicycle maintenance; and awareness of other road users.

PCSO Michelle Carpenter said: “This course is all about giving local young people the essential skills that they need to keep themselves and others safe when using the area’s roads.

“Our aim is for these children to become better, more confident cyclists who stick to the rules and, above all, stay safe.

“We hope that they can, in turn, pass on the skills they have learnt to their peers.”

The course follows Bournemouth Borough Council’s cycle training programme and consists of both practical and classroom-based sessions.

Once they have completed all the sessions the children will receive a certificate and badge.

The Westbourne and West Cliff Safer Neighbourhood Team runs the course every year and will be taking on another group of pupils in the spring/summer term.

To find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call Dorset Police on 01202 222222 or 01305 222222.

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