Cllr John M Wilson

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South Yorkshire, S75 2JJ
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I was born in Keighley and have lived and worked in Barnsley for over 25 years. I am married to Julie and have two grown up children. I have represented the Penistone East Ward on Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council for over 6 years.


Archive for October, 2014

Road Safety

Following the success of the Grand Depart and the keen interest shown in the recent Tour De France, the Penistone Area Council was determined to keep the wheels turning long after the competitors had raced into the distance. With some of our key priorities in mind such as the promotion of volunteering, road safety and health improvement, the Area Council decided facilitate and encourage increased cycling across the area.

Cycle Penistone, our local cycling charity with its new base on St. Mary’s Place alongside the Trans-Pennine Trail, offers a range of services to cyclists – cycle hire, maintenance and training etc. In return for financial support from the Area Council Cycle Penistone has agreed to provide a package of activities to Penistone schools; these will include safety instruction, basic bike maintenance and cycling games. They have undertaken to liaise with Penistone Grammar School, St. John’s Primary, Springvale J&I and Oxspring J&I to deliver these sessions in the next school year. They will even provide the loan of a cycle for any child who wishes to take part but does not have their own. All the sessions will be delivered by qualified and CRB checked staff or volunteers. Each school will receive publicity flyers offering the free sessions to those interested in taking part. In addition both the Area Council and Cycle Penistone will be promoting these sessions through the press as well as on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and their respective websites.

Safety Instruction sessions will include discussions on hazards on the road and basic signals for safe cycling as well as what you should take on a ride. Basic bike maintenance, although sounding obvious, is an important element which is often forgotten by many cyclists. The sessions covering this look very interesting and involve a number of games to maintain participant’s interest. Cycling Games Sessions aim to add a bit of fun. Whilst delivering instruction on how to handle a cycle at slow speed and tests your control and agility. This will not only help to promote good cycle safety for our young people, but will also give Cycle Penistone the opportunity to market its services and in time it is hoped to be able to offer similar sessions to other schools in the wider area.

Cllr John M Wilson
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