Jonathan is a Bikeability instructor in Plymouth. He worked with Addision during the national COVID-19 lockdown.
“During the national lockdown in January, we were presented with a unique opportunity to support vulnerable children with their Bikeability cycle training.
Addison, a Year 5 pupil with cerebral palsy, was unable to pedal and, although we had already offered him additional support, the cancellation of his class’ Bikeability training enabled us to provide one-to-one teaching.
Addison had received a bicycle for Christmas and he was determined to ride it with his friends. I taught him to scoot without any pedals and after his very first session, he proudly proclaimed his plans to cycle at the Olympics!
During such a difficult time, his enthusiasm brightened my day and slowly but surely, he gained the confidence and skills to pedal independently.
Addison can now pedal around the playground and he plans to join his peers for their rescheduled Bikeability training in Year 6.
“Before my Bikeability lessons I couldn’t balance on a bike, I couldn’t pedal and I couldn’t brake. The lessons taught me how to ride on my own. I’ve bought a bike now and I’ve been out to Central Park and Victoria Park with my family. I’ve done 2 whole laps of Victoria Park and I’m working on my speed! Learning to ride means I’ll be able to get out more and be more healthy and fit. I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. I’m going to become a speed merchant!”
Stories from our Bikeability champions
“I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. “
“It really is a joy to watch our son Josh cycle with a big smile on his face and it brings a tear of happiness to our eyes.”
“Cycling gives you the freedom you need when the world around you is locking down – free your mind, free your body and free your soul-build confidence, strength and do your bit to save the environment!”
“Cycling has been our saviour this year, and feels like it was the only things that wasn’t cancelled.”
“These sessions provided an excellent foundation. It helped to improve our confidence cycling on the roads. Very well experienced, professional and friendly trainers.”
“Cycling is a real life skill. Something you only have to learn once and remember forever.”
“We started family bike rides at the start of lockdown2020 as a way of keeping fit, and sharing an activity that the whole family can continue to enjoy.”
“Giving them the skills to feel more confident on the road is a great step for both them, and myself.”
“Cycling for me is a way to get around; a way to exercise; but most of all it’s a way to have fun together as a family.”
“We went from “I don’t want to!” To “Mummy, can you take me on a bike ride around the estate please?” Her bike has got her away from too much screen time and gained fun, fresh air and exercise!”
“The children are so happy, they feel so accomplished and they are, rightly, so proud of themselves. And we’re so incredibly proud of them too.”
“Using a bike rather than taking the car helps reduce air pollution. We are giving children the skills to make that choice easier and safer”
“I am so unbelievably proud of them. Here’s to many more memories together as a family…on our bikes. Whoop Whoop!!”
“It has been a tremendous help to gain the knowledge to comfortably ride on roads in the correct way and with confidence. Look forward to growing our journey with you in the future.”
“I’m back cycling after a long break, I’m a bit rusty but got some wonderful hints and tips on this website”
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