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Army of school pupils get on their bikes thanks to training scheme.

A SCHOOL which only three pupils used to cycle to is now training 150 to saddle up.

Calderstones School will have an army of cyclists thanks to a Mersey side training scheme.

When pupils were asked whether they would cycle to school, 200 said they would if there was somewhere to store their bikes.

Now Mersey side travel campaign TravelWise has organised the five-week training.

The school is also buying bicycles so pupils who do not have their own can take part.

Deputy head Glenn Wright said: "We have said all pupils who cycle must first complete a cycle training course.

"This free training has provided the ideal opportunity and we have identified areas in the school grounds to install secure bicycle storage shelters."

Funding has come from the Liverpool Active Cities neighbourhood renewal scheme.

Free cycling training is available for any older children, families and adults in Liverpool.

For more information, visit www.LetsTravelWise.org or call 0151-234 9484.

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SAFETY FIRST: Tutors Sian McArthur, Stephen Smillie and David Wilkinson with Calderstones School pupils Jake Thompson, Tom McKenna and Ben Chan on the cyclists' training scheme run by Liverpool Active Cities
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2007
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