A FLEET of new bikes is being rolled out across East Sussex to help cycle-less youngsters learn to ride - and a school in Hastings has been the first to benefit.
The county council has bought 18 new bikes to be used in local schools when pupils undergo training for their cycling proficiency tests.
The new bikes were unveiled at The Grove school here in 1066 Country.
Previously, some children have unable to take part in the cycling lessons because they did not have a bike. Others did own a bike but not one considered roadworthy.
The new scheme will see bikes travel from school to school. Staff can book the bicycles and training at the same time.
Councillor Matthew Lock, head of transport at the local authority, said, “It is marvellous to see the pupils at The Grove so enthusiastic about cycling.
“The new bikes allow us to offer the whole package – helmet, bike and training.
“Cycle training allows children to travel independently and safely without being reliant on their parents to drive them to school.
“It is good for the environment and helps bring down carbon emissions. And it is good for children’s health as they get more exercise.”
PC David Law of Sussex Police was also present at the unveiling event to add security marks to the bikes and to tell pupils how to prevent their bikes being stolen.