Cycling Together in St Helens with Balanceability

Children between the ages of three and five will be given the chance to learn to ride bikes without stabilisers - thanks to the joint effort of a new ‘Cycling Together’ scheme and the UK’s only accredited ‘Learn to Cycle’ programme; Balanceability.

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.

For details of your nearest family cycling hub and training for children, contact the Traffic and Road Safety team on 01744 676852 or 01744 676851. For further information on Balanceability have a look at www.balanceability.com or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.