SCHOOLCHILDREN across Wrexham are set to benefit from cycling lessons.
Wrexham County Borough Council senior cycle instructor Helen Harrison attained accreditation through the National Standard, with a little help from youngsters at Acton Park Junior School.
The National Standard is a new, uniform syllabus, which teaches cyclists, both young and old, how to ride confidently and cope with today's traffic conditions.
All instructors are trained to a professional standard by selected training bodies. Helen was trained by Matt Walklet from BikeRight! in Manchester.
Acton Juniors agreed to provide the first 18 pupils to undergo the National Standard which allowed Helen to achieve her accreditation and the pupils to achieve their Level 2 standard.
It is now hoped to gradually introduce both Levels 1 and or 2 to all schools in the county borough where suitable training sites exist.
This will be subject to the successful recruitment of instructors.
Rob Nicholson, acting headteacher at Acton Junior School said: “It is crucial that children are given the opportunity to learn how to use the roads safely whilst on their bikes. All too often we hear of injuries, accidents and even fatalities involving children on the road.
“I am delighted at the positive response from the children during their cycling training and feel more confident that they will avoid incidents whilst out riding.”