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Learn about free County Rider cycle training at Ilkeston Library

17 June 2015

People wishing to learn about Derbyshire County Council’s free County Rider cycle training are invited to attend a drop-in session at Ilkeston Library on Tuesday 23 June. 

The event, which is taking place between 5pm and 6pm, will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the County Rider scheme and the benefits of cycling.    

Adults in four Derbyshire districts can upgrade their cycling skills for free thanks to County Rider. The scheme offers free 1-2-1 cycle training to people aged 18 or over who live, work or study in any of the following areas:

  • Amber Valley 
  • Bolsover 
  • Chesterfield 
  • Erewash

Councillor John Owen, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “The great thing about County Rider is that the programme can be tailored to suit your needs.

“Your instructor will design a programme to suit you whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced cyclist who wants to become an even better rider. The training is not strenuous and can be done at your own pace.

“Cycling is great for you and for the environment – and we will teach you how to do it safely. You can get fit and save money on travel while reducing the pollution caused by traffic congestion.”

County Rider offers learners up to four training sessions and each one can last up to two hours. The amount of coaching required will depend on what the learner wants to achieve and their instructor’s assessment of their skill level.

County Rider training meets national standards recognised by the Department for Transport.

To apply for County Rider training, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/countyrider

For more information, call the county council’s road safety team on 01629 538060.

Visitors to the County Rider information event will also be able to learn about Smart Rider - the free cycle training scheme for Year 6 Derbyshire school children. The scheme is delivered in schools by community volunteers who have been trained by the county council.