Learn how to stay cycle safe

A CYCLE training session to help riders stay safe on the roads will be held at Ravenside Retail Park tomorrow (Saturday).

The Safer Rother Roads Group is staging its ‘Hastings and Rother Cycle Day’ at the Bexhill shopping venue from 10am to 2pm.

Free cycle training taster sessions will be provided by nationally accredited instructors. There will also be bicycle maintenance tips, crime prevention advice, cycle-related freebies and more.

The local emergency services will also be participating in a charity cycling challenge in support of raising money for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

The aim is to encourage a spot of ‘friendly’ competition of endurance between the Police, Fire and Ambulance services.

John Owen, of East Sussex Fire and Rescue ,said: “The focus of the event is to provide practical advice to cyclists on how be safer on the roads in the Rother and Hastings area.

“We will give advice on how to ride on the road safely and provide insight on the importance of regular bicycle maintenance and wearing suitable clothing and protection. We will also be available to speak to the public to provide advice and to discuss their concerns on road safety issues in the local area.”

The Safer Rother Roads Group is a multi-partnership organisation between Sussex Police, East Sussex County Council, Rother District Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Safer Rother/Hastings Partnership, Safer Rother Roads Partnership and Community Speedwatch. Every year in the UK around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 3,000 who are killed or seriously injured.