Cycle proficiency training resumes next week and motorists are being encouraged to drive considerately as children improve their riding skills and learn the rules of the road.
Courses are run at every primary school in the Isle of Man between March and October and form an integral part of the Department of Infrastructure’s commitment towards road safety.
A total of 13 courses are scheduled to take place during the forthcoming autumn term, starting on Monday 15 September for pupils at Willaston and Michael.
Details of locations and dates of all future sessions are highlighted on the Roadwatch website at http://www.gov.im/residents/roadnotifications/
Cycle proficiency training is delivered to pupils in Years 5 and 6 and plays an important role in a child’s development, often marking the transition from pavement dweller to road user.
Courses are geared towards improving children’s cycling skills and providing them with a sound knowledge of the Highway Code.
Motorists are urged to be aware of training sessions and take care when passing groups of young cyclists.
Cycle proficiency instructors will make a note of the registration numbers of any vehicles being driven inconsiderately and will pass them on to the Isle of Man Constabulary.
John Houghton MHK, Member of the Department of Infrastructure with responsibility for Highway Services, said:
‘Cycle proficiency training has been running for many years and I’m sure a lot of people recall bringing their bikes to school and taking part in the course. It should be remembered that the children being instructed are young and in many cases inexperienced when it comes to riding on the roads. I would therefore urge motorists to slow down, obey the rules of the road and be extra vigilant when driving through an area where a course is taking place.’
‘The Department of Infrastructure takes its responsibilities towards road safety very seriously and wants to ensure that children in the Isle of Man can develop their cycling skills in the safest possible environment.’
Inspector Darrill Pearson, Divisional Commander of the Northern, Southern and Western Neighbourhood Policing Teams, commented:
‘I would urge motorists to take heed of the warning signs. Slow down as you approach and drive through areas where training is being delivered and please don’t forget to allow a safe distance between your vehicle, the trainers and the young cyclists.’
Parents of children taking part in cycle proficiency training are asked to check their child’s bicycle is in a roadworthy condition and to help them learn the road signs from the Junior Highway Code, a copy of which is handed out at the start of each course.