Hurray! Archie’s back on the bike

August 04 2014

THREE years ago, 12-year-old Archie Brookes was knocked down whilst walking to school. Now, he has just become Redland Green School’s 100th 'Bikeability' trainee.

THREE years ago, 12-year-old Archie Brookes was knocked down whilst walking to school. Now, he has just become Redland Green School’s 100th 'Bikeability' trainee.
Since re-starting the course in April 2012, Archie has regained his confidence on the road, and has now achieved the highest level of training.
Archie suffered a severe open fracture of the leg, which needed two operations, after being hit by a car, walking to his former school in Bishopston.
He had just taken his level one bikeability training.
Helen Rosenthal, Archie's mum, said: "He lost a lot of confidence after the accident. He told the instructor he was very nervous when he got back on his bike to take the next level up but she said to be positive about things and we decided to stick with it.
“We’re over the moon he’s now got his level three. He’ll have that sense of freedom from being able to cycle off with his friends and I have the knowledge that he can do it safely and with confidence.”
Bikeability is a national cycle training scheme designed to give people the skills and confidence to cycle on the road.
Level one introduces basic cycling skills through fun activities away from traffic; level two teaches on-road skills to enable children to make local cycle journeys; and level three three develops advanced road-riding techniques to enable riders to cope in all road conditions.
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for transport said: “Congratulations to Archie. Bikeability has proved itself to be a very effective training scheme, introducing hundreds of thousands of children to cycling right across the country.
“At the council, we fully support training programs like these. They give children the knowledge and confidence to ride safely as well as introducing sustainable travel to a whole new generation."
At Redland Green School, Year 7s are offered the chance to take part in Bikeability training, with free courses running throughout the school year. Instructors are fully accredited trainers working for the council.
Teacher, Joe Williams, said: "Ever since the course started it has been a huge success. Students have been able to build on bike skills and road safety awareness. I am very proud that so many students see the importance in the course."

Archie on his bike