Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Pupils and staff receive free bicycle safety checks

A CYCLING safety event was held at the Piggott School in Wargrave.

A CYCLING safety event was held at the Piggott School in Wargrave.

More than 30 bikes belonging to pupils and staff were safety tested and a cycle safety demonstration was given.

Matt Marshall, workshop manager at A W Cycles in Henley Road, Caversham, said: “It is so important that bikes are checked by someone who knows what they are doing, especially children’s bikes.”

He said the most common problems he found were corrosion, faulty brakes, rusty chains and flat or worn tyres and added: “In a lot of cases the bikes will have been like this for years.”

Jill Bissell, Wokingham Borough Council’s cycle training co-ordinator, said: “We are very grateful to A W Cycles for providing expert advice to spot these problems and put them right before someone gets hurt.”

Melonie Powell, road safety officer for Thames Valley Police, said: “People need to take responsibility for their bikes — it is like making sure your car is roadworthy. Cycling is on the increase and with the summer approaching, people need to check things such as their brakes. It is worrying to see so many bikes with faults that can be extremely dangerous.

“We want to encourage people to cycle to school and work but we also want them to be safe.”

The council’s community wardens were also present and offered free security marking for bikes.

Deputy headteacher Maggie Urwin said: “We encourage as many people as possible to cycle to school but they have to wear a cycle helmet and must be safe. This whole day is about raising awareness.”

Meanwhile, plans for an 11-classroom extension at the school have been approved.

It is hoped that the new building, which will include two science laboratories, a specialist IT classroom, maths classrooms, a gym and fitness suite, will be open by September.

Two existing buildings will be demolished to make room for the two-storey modular building.

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