Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, took part in a city centre cycling skills session last week led by Pedal Ready instructor Ken Woodhouse.
Paul Blomfield said:
“I’ve been a cyclist all of my life, but I learned a lot in the Pedal Ready session about how to ride in traffic in the city. Doing the cycling skills session has made me recognise the risks I was taking by getting things like my positioning on the road wrong. It will definitely make my cycling safer.
“As a car driver you’re not able to drive on the roads without training, but training for cyclists hasn’t always been available. I’d say to people thinking about cycling to work, school or university that it’s worth learning about cycling skills, and not assuming you know how to negotiate urban traffic. With a basic level of training and better road awareness and understanding there’s really nothing to worry about.”
Pedal Ready’s sessions are available free to everyone in Sheffield, and offer help and advice to cyclists at every level from beginner to regular commuter.
Paul Blomfield is one of over a hundred MPs of all parties calling for a government action plan on increasing cycling, which encourages measures to include training.