CYCLE training made available to children and young people in Hillingdon has been praised for being of the highest quality.

In a recent study commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) it found the free help and advice handed out to junior cyclists was worthy of special mention.

The study stated: "Hillingdon has a very highly skilled professional team delivering very high quality training. The team is diverse and will be an excellent resource for local development and innovation. Much of the training could be used as a blueprint for good practice for other borough training schemes."

Mary Worrall, Head of Highways and Green Spaces, said: "This is great news and recognises the hard work and expertise of our Road Safety Team. We want to encourage as many people as possible to cycle but it is vital that youngsters are as safe as possible when they cycle on roads and the council is very committed to providing the best possible training to help ensure this."

The council's Road Safety team currently trains 1,500 youngsters aged between nine and 11 years, the highest number in London.

The Bikeability scheme helps ensure that people using bikes ensures are trained to a national standard and have the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on the borough's roads.

To learn more about Bikeability, or to speak with to someone in the Road Safety Team contact 01895 556 336 or email