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The hub will encourage students to use pedal power while commuting to the Cottingham Road campus. Photo taken from Unsplash.

Free cycling lessons for rusty riders in Hull

People in Hull are being encouraged to take up free cycling lessons.

The Rusty Riders scheme is a training course for adults who wish to brush up on their cycling skills.

The two-and-a-half-hour session is designed to refresh the skills of adults returning to cycling by preparing them to cycle safely on Hull’s roads.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “If you’ve been unsure about cycling or lacked confidence, then now is absolutely the best time to take up a refresher course.

“As we continue our ambition to become a cycling city, we want cyclists to feel safe when they use our roads. This is why we are installing segregated cycle lanes and increasing the road space for them.

“This scheme is ideal for those who wish to learn how to cycle safely and efficiently, particularly to and from work, making the most of the city’s expanding cycling network.”

The training is delivered by First Step Sports, with qualified cycle instructors on hand to deliver this bespoke training.

Individual or group and company bookings can be made here or by calling 01482 218 753.

For further practice, people can also book slots at the Ennerdale cycle track.

Hull City Council and Humberside Police will also be working together to relaunch Operation Safe Pass this summer, so motorists overtaking bikes contravening the Highway Code rule of 1.5 metres will be pulled over by the police and receive a training session about the need for the distance.

Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene, said: “We all have a responsibility to make the roads safe for drivers and cyclists and that is why we are asking motorists to be aware of their surroundings and road position at all times.”

Cyclists are also encouraged to keep a minimum distance of 0.75m from the kerb as this position makes them more visible to motorists.

Find out more about cycling safely here.

Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium
Work to repair potholes will take place in Hull.