Competition to remind youngsters to cycle safely

Bike helmet and bike

Local primary school children across Hambleton are being asked to get creative this summer to help remind everyone about cycling safely.

Following a number of reports of accidents involving children on bikes including  riding their bikes on pavements, dodging pedestrians, not wearing helmets and riding without lights on dark nights, Hambleton District Council’s Safer Hambleton Hub in partnership with the local police teams and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, has launched a competition for children to design a poster showing how or why people should cycle safely.

The competition is running alongside educational talks being offered to all primary schools before and after the holidays and is set to be a fun reminder of the importance of safety on our paths and roads.

Councillor Paula Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Communities said: “We know the last 18 months has been difficult for everyone but especially our children.  They now have some freedom over the summer holidays, but we want them to enjoy themselves safely.

“We have recently seen several accidents where children have been knocked of their bikes through careless cycling, and concern amongst our communities and businesses regarding irresponsible cycling is rising. We hope this competition will be a fun way of giving a focus on cycling safely, making riders aware of the dangers of roads and how their riding can affect others without them realising.”

The competition is open to all primary school children and will be grouped into the two key stages with designs being publicly shared prior to the judging of each group.

Entries should be completed on A4 paper and need to include the child’s name, primary school they attend and age (on the back) and can be returned to any Fire Station in Hambleton marked for the attention of Laura Hodgson or emailed to [email protected]   by 22 August 2021.

A winner’s event will be held at Northallerton Fire Station in early October with the chosen posters being displayed in prominent locations across Hambleton.

Published: 19th July 2021

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