The scheme is a partnership venture between St Helens Council, the Big Lottery and Sustrans - the charity that promotes sustainable transport. It will see cycling hubs set up around St Helens in several schools, nurseries and children's centres.
The scheme was launched at St Ann's CE Primary School in Rainhill, where the first hub will be set up. Staff from the school and participating nurseries were trained by Balanceability, using balance bikes and a specifically designed programme which will have them riding without stabilisers in 12 weeks.
Head teacher Rebecca Wilkinson said: "Learning to ride a bike is a significant moment in anyone's life, bringing with it a huge range of benefits Cycling Together in St Helens with Balanceability including healthy growth and development, independence, confidence and responsibility. We are pleased to be able to host a family cycling hub and encourage families to cycle together!"
Maria Yates, Director of Balanceability, is thrilled to see more kids on bikes and welcomes the opportunity to work with St Helens and Sustrans. Maria said ‘We have seen huge success with our programme within Nursery and Primary Schools across the country and we are very happy to work with any organisation who wishes to encourage biking in their community!’
The council's Traffic and Road Safety team are setting up further hubs around St Helens so training can begin in June.