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It was all about pedal power for the Mayor of South Tyneside as he joined pupils on their cycling proficiency test.

Coun Ernest Gibson rode into Forest View Primary School, yesterday as pupils geared up to learn about bike safety.

The week-long programme – promoting safe cycling and its health benefits – is organised by Bikeability – cycling proficiency for the 21st century.

Joining them on a ride around the school yard, and testing out his cycling skills, Coun Gibson also told youngsters from Year 4 and 5 about his forthcoming bike ride on April 11 – a 30-mile trek through the Lake District, in aid of his charity.

Cheryl Ward, headteacher of the school, in Rembrandt Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, said: “The pupils really enjoyed the visit by the Mayor.

“It’s good for them to see how bike safety applies to adults and children alike.

“They had a great time, following the Mayor around the school yard and hearing about the charity bike ride he has planned for the future.”

Throughout the week pupils at the school will be learning the health benefits of cycling, how to stay safe when out and about on their bikes and suitable clothing to wear.

There are three Bikeability levels for pupils to complete aimed at giving young people the confidence they need to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

Coun Gibson said: “Bikeability is a fantastic course for our young people to take part in.

“Not only does it provide them with the vital knowledge they need to stay safe when out on their bikes but also promotes the health benefits associated with cycling.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm on the faces of those taking part in the bikeability course. I wish them all the best of luck.”

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