Backing bid for bikes

PUBLISHED: 11:54 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

Get on your bike - safely!

Get on your bike - safely!

A NEW project is being set up in North Herts to help youngsters who love motorbikes but don t know how to ride them properly or have anywhere safe to go. The community development team at the district council, in partnership with the police, is hoping to

A NEW project is being set up in North Herts to help youngsters who love motorbikes but don't know how to ride them properly or have anywhere safe to go.

The community development team at the district council, in partnership with the police, is hoping to run a scheme offering information and experience to youngsters aged from 14 upwards.

It is looking for a piece of land where young people can practise riding skills on a specially constructed track.

The team would like to hear from any farmer who has land that might be suitable. It must be where noise will not interfere with nearby residents.

Cllr Bill Davidson, who helped with a similar project for three years when he lived in Shropshire, is supporting the North Herts initiative.

"It was very successful and worked very well," he said. "The youngsters all enjoyed it and it certainly helped to give some of them a sense of responsibility.

"They got involved and it meant they didn't need to hang about on the streets. The parents were very supportive and enthusiastic too."

Cllr Tricia Gibbs, portfolio holder for community engagement, said: "Residents often complain about the activities of young people while teenagers say there is nothing for them to do.

"Riders who take the course will be equipped with all the skills they need to enjoy their sport safely and in a responsible manner.

"I very much hope we can find a suitable site and get this exciting and innovative project off the ground."

If you can help in any way, call the council's community development officers on 01462 474274 or 01462 474225.

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