#Southend's Youth Mayor now a bikeability trainer
18th August 2011
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Southend Sixth formers become bike trainers

An intrepid group of Southend sixth formers, including the borough’s Youth Mayor, Jake Inwood has qualified as assistant Bikeability Instructors.

The students from Southend High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Boys, successfully undertook a two-day course led by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Road Safety/Cycle team funded by Active Southend and Positive Futures.

Joining Southend Youth Mayor were Charlie Manthorp, Christopher Hardy, Niall Swanwick, Reno Jackonelli and Thomas Anderson.

Thanks to their newly-acquired skills, all of them are now authorised to assist with Bikeability training in schools or with adults, to teach people to cycle safely.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox said: “Congratulations to the students for completing this important training.

“It means they are now qualified to help train other youngsters and adults to be safe cyclists.”

These students can now assist in the Bikeability programme run by Sara Hadden and Collette Kemp from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Road Safety/Cycle Southend team.

Bikeability training – based on the former cycling proficiency test – is offered free to all year six children in the borough.

Courses are also available to adults and families, and cost £10 per adult or £10 for a whole family.

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