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Boost for cyclists in Northern Ireland

Sustrans receives cash for cycle training in NI

The Department of Regional Development and Health Agency has awarded funds to Sustrans in Northern Ireland to boost cycle skills.

The cash will be used for cycle instructor training, aimed at keen cyclists looking to pass on their knowledge and skills to others.

Free training events will be hosted by Sustrans across Northern Ireland and will be hosted alongside Connect2 projects. Connect 2 is developing new cycling and walking routes in UK communities, funded by a £50 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Training will take place in Strabane on Monday January 10th and Saturday January 15th 2011.

Patricia Wallace, Volunteer and Community Liaison Officer for Sustrans in Northern Ireland said: “These new routes are going to make it so much easier for local people to make more short journeys without having to resort to their car.

“By providing this training, we hope that keen cyclists will be able to impart their experience on others, so that they can benefit from these new routes. It’s a fantastic opportunity not just for future generations, but also for adults who perhaps haven’t ridden a bike since their childhood.”

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