This weekend I braved the weather to join members of Great Yarmouth Cycling Club and the Community Interest Group, Activating, for a ride through central Yarmouth and Gorleston in order to promote safe cycling.
Following the high profile ‘Safe Cycling’ campaign launched by The Times and Parliamentary Debates on cycle safety in town and city centres, I felt it was important that I showed my support for this cause.
The ride started in Great Yarmouth, and made its way through the busy one way system in the town centre, towards Gorleston on cycle paths and a variety of roads before ending up at Yarmouth Stadium on Caister Road. Great Yarmouth Cycling Club greeted us at the stadium and invited us to take part in their weekly training session at the track – teaching young and novice riders, in a safe environment, the essential skills needed for cycling on the road.
Great Yarmouth Cycling Club are strongly affiliated with Activating, which promtes the positive aspects of cycling whilst breaking down barriers preventing people from cycling on a regular basis. Since September Activating have worked with 36 schools across Norfolk to educate children about the benefits of an active lifestyle; tackling the perceived dangers of cycling and helping to overcome sedentary lifestyles – resulting in 45,000 school journeys being completed on bikes; an 9% increase on the national average.
I really enjoyed this morning’s ride through the busy areas of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston and I am pleased to see the issue of cycle safety being addressed locally. Cycling is a great way to keep fit, however it is important that safety whilst cycling is being taught to our young riders. Neil and Kev from Activating are doing a great job in getting into our schools teaching these skills and it is encouraging to see Great Yarmouth Cycling Club are continuing this at their stadium sessions each Saturday.