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Local Pupils Get On Their Bike!

07 December 2015

photo from the event
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg is pictured with Jack Duncan and Ellie Black from Doagh Primary School who took part in the Sprocket Rocket free taster sessions. They are joined by Michael Lindsay from Travelwise NI, Mrs McIlroy, P7 Teacher and John Marshall, Sprocket Rocket Coach. 


Local primary school children have been getting on their bike as part of the Sprocket Rocket taster sessions organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Sprocket Rocket, launched by Cycling Ireland in 2010, is a cycling programme aimed at children between 5-11 years and involves teaching young riders the fundamental skills of cycling.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg says, “Thanks to match funding from Travelwise NI, we were able to provide these free taster sessions to primary schools within the Borough. I am delighted that, to date, over 300 pupils have learned the basic skills required in order to be more confident and safe on their bikes.” 

Michael Lindsay from Travelwise NI is pleased at the great response received from schools within the Borough; “These sessions are a great way of encouraging children to make more use of their bikes. Not only can an increase in cycling contribute towards a reduction in traffic congestion, but can help improve levels of fitness and improvements in health and well-being, as well as providing financial savings to the individual.”

As part of the match funding provided by Travelwise NI, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have also delivered other cycling initiatives including the Big Breakfast event, which encouraged staff to cycle into work or go for a cycle on their lunch break in return for a free hearty breakfast.

Keep your eye out for the new cycle publication which is currently being produced, highlighting where to cycle within the Borough.