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NEARLY THERE: Learn-to-ride facility at King George V Playing Fields in Watford nearly complete

 Published on: 26th January 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Works on the new learn-to-ride cycling facility being built in King George V Playing Fields are progressing well, with the project expected to complete by the end of February or early March.

The learn-to-ride space, which aims to help people cycle safely and confidently, includes miniature roadways, traffic signs, markings and model buildings, and will allow cyclists of all abilities an opportunity to gain practical skills and understand how to cycle on today’s roads.

Watford Cycle Hub, which is also located within the playing fields, will be working with the council to provide learn to ride and Bikeability training courses at the new facility.

These will be run by approved instructors and will take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

Portfolio holder for parks, councillor Tim Williams (pictured), said: “We know not all children, or parents, feel bike-confident, so providing Learn to Ride and Bikeability training within this facility will inspire the next generation to take to the roads as confident and capable cyclists.

“It will also play an important role in helping people choose a more active way to travel and our net-zero emission targets.”

Andy Farr, British Cycling’s Head of Business Planning and Transformation, added: “We’re really pleased to have been able to support the new learn-to-ride facility through our Places to Ride investment programme.

“This new addition to King George V Playing Fields will be the perfect cycling facility to get young children excited about getting out on their bikes and is an important opportunity for us to help young people develop both a love of cycling and for the outdoors.”

 

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