Nottingham Police back cycling training after two fatal accidents

Police in Nottingham have called for all young children to take a proficiency test after the death of two teenagers in the area. 

One 15-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a car as he cycled along Forest Lane on his way to play football with his friends.

Another was fatally injured in a cycling accident when he collided with a van in Hucknall. 

Police in Nottingham have called for all young children to take a proficiency test after the death of two teenagers in the area. 

One 15-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a car as he cycled along Forest Lane on his way to play football with his friends.

Another was fatally injured in a cycling accident when he collided with a van in Hucknall. 

Local Police say they are now making it their mission to ensure that all young people are fully educated with regards to road safety. 

Sergeant Simon Scales says all children should now do a cycling proficiency test called ‘Bikeability’. 

The scheme, which is taught by the Nottingham county council’s road safety team, aims to train more than half a million children to cycle safely by the end of 2012. 

“I’m calling on everybody to get on board,” Sgt Scales announced.

“This road safety course is about protecting the next generation, helping it to survive and making sure the youngsters get through life without serious injuries.”

To coincide with the scheme, Police have also been handing out free bike lights and are currently raising funds to be able to distribute 200 more. 

“People aren’t aware that cycling in the dark is against the law and can lead to a fine of up to £30,” Scales added.

Those looking for more information have been asked to visit www.putthingsright.org.uk.

If you have recently been involved in an accident you could be entitled to cycling accident compensation. 

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