On your bike, kids! A wheelie fun way to learn how to ride

bike week

You never forget how to ride a bike, so the saying goes.

And after watching these awesome 360 spins and jumps, children across Harrow will probably always remember where their cycling inspiration came from.

As part of National Bike Week, BMX stunt riders Yinka (pictured) and Matti Hemmings are visiting primary schools over two weeks to show how fun riding a bike can be while also emphasising safety.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Twenty years ago, everyone knew how to ride a bike. Now many children don’t get the same opportunity to learn and we want to encourage them to get down to their local park to do so.

“Watching Yinka and Matti perform their stunts is simply amazing and we’re sure the children all go home inspired by what you can do on a bike. They learn how to be responsible and safe, too – which is equally important in this day and age of busy roads.

“We hope they enjoy the experience as part of National Bike Week - or even fortnight here in Harrow – and that it’s something they will never forget.”

While schools currently support older children with bikeability lessons, many have expressed a desire for younger children to have balance riding lessons.

As many younger children never learn to ride at all, these sessions attempt to not only teach skills but get parents interested in developing them. This includes going to a local park with their child regularly.

Professional BMX Flatlander and three-times Guinness World Record holder Matti said: “It is awesome to be a part of the BMX and balance bike sessions to inspire and build pupils’ confidence and passion on a bike.

“We show them a high-level BMX demo to help them push boundaries and have fun on a bike to get them being active and keeping fit on two wheels for a healthy future.”

The initiative, now in its third year, was developed exclusively by The Bicycle Society and Harrow Council. It has been well received – and increased from a week to a fortnight this year due to demand.