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Have you been inspired to get cycling?

The county has seen an increase in people cycling over the past few years, even more so since the summer Olympics inspired the nation to get active.

Herefordshire Council is supporting those adults and children who wish to cycle more, whether it’s to get from A to B, for fitness or simply for fun by providing free cycle training.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for education and infrastructure, said: “A lot of residents have expressed an interest in getting out and about on their bikes, but for those who aren’t very confident about cycling on the roads or perhaps it’s been a few years since they’ve been on a bike, it can be a little daunting.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer a range of free cycle training through the Destination Hereford project including one-to-one sessions for adults, children and families.  The arrival of a glorious Herefordshire autumn, means there’s no better time to explore the county by bike, so we’re encouraging residents to sign up for their free training and get cycling.”

Hereford father Stephen Vaughan, who recently undertook family cycle training with his two daughters, said: “I found the cycle training really useful, especially for Natalie who is nine years old, as it gave her the confidence and knowledge of how to cycle safely on a main road.”

“Our cycle trainer Andy was incredibly helpful and held the informal sessions at a time and venue to suit us.  We now get out and about more as a family on our bikes and I’d highly recommend the training to others.”

To find out more about cycling and sustainable travel in Herefordshire, please visit: www.herefordmove.org.