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ANYONE who has enjoyed a bit too much Christmas pud or simply wants to get fit in the New Year can sign up for a two-hour course to help them brush up on their cycling skills.

The courses are part of a pilot scheme designed to show commuters how swapping four wheels for two can be a great way to get in shape while saving time and money on their journey to work, college or training.

They have been organised by Lancashire County Council in partnership with Blackpool Borough Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

The two-hour sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of individual participants. They are led by trained cycle instructors who will boost people’s confidence and help them to cycle safely. The sessions can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or to small groups of colleagues and can be organised to fit around people’s commitments.

Anyone who does not have a suitable bicycle or helmet can borrow one from the training provider.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for Highways and Transport said: “Whether you’re getting stressed about the amount of time you’re wasting in traffic jams or the rising cost of fuel, or whether you’d just like to get fit, these courses are an ideal chance to update your cycling skills and to increase your confidence.

“If the courses are popular, then we’ll look at the possibility of providing cycle training on a more permanent basis. In the meantime, I’d urge everyone to sign up and take advantage of this superb free training.”

The course will cover:

l How to cycle in traffic and basic manoeuvres

l How to best position yourself on the road to be seen

l Information on great cycling routes in your area

l Road rules and safety for cyclists

l Tips for riding at night or on rainy days

l How to cycle and still look stylish.

Places on the courses will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. To book a place or for more information, contact Cilla Cross at Lancashire County Council on 01772 530201 or e-mail: cycling@lancashire.gov.uk