Release Date: 17-Aug-2011
More than 80 youngsters from north and south Kirklees have taken part in cycling events during the last two weeks, learning new skills and having fun.
Having fun on two wheels in Mirfield
Getting ready to go at the Galpharm
Twenty-six children attended an event in Mirfield organized by the Kirklees Bike User Group (KBUG) and funded by the Mirfield area committee. It was supported by local councillor, Martyn Bolt, who is the cycling development officer for North Yorkshire, and KNH, which manages the estates where the children and young people live.
As well as getting cycling training, the youngsters also learned bike maintenance and the older ones took part in a bike ride to Holroyd Park. There was also a free bike raffle
Meanwhile in Huddersfield, 60 youngsters from the Dalton, Rawthorpe and Leeds Road area took part in events at the Galpharm Stadium and Netherhall Campus, organized by KBUG and KNH staff.
The Huddersfield events were funded by the Dalton & Rawthorpe B Fit scheme and supported by Rawthorpe tenants and residents association, who provided much-appreciated food and refreshments.
As well as getting cycling training, the youngsters also had free bike repairs and the older ones took part in a bike ride along Kilner Bank. KBUG mechanics were also able to bring back into safe use nearly 100 bikes, many of which had been salvaged from local tips.
Gill Greaves, who organized the events for KBUG, said: “We’ve had a fantastic few days and the young people have really enjoyed themselves.”
Sharon Donaghy, the estate management officer for the estates who covers the area on bicycle every day, said: “On the day after the event, I saw loads of children playing out on their bikes – it was brilliant to see them out and about enjoying themselves and getting exercise, instead of staying indoors.”
KBUG recycle old bikes and can always use donations. If you have an old, outgrown or unused bike, please consider donating it. For more information, call Gill on 07873 773417.