A senior officer from the Hong Kong police force is visiting Manchester this week to learn more about the city’s approach to cyclist safety and training.
Police Inspector Alice Lee Chau-yin is being shown around the city to meet leading figures in the field of cyclist training and safety by award-winning training provider BikeRight!, beginning at Oswald Road Primary School in Chorlton, South Manchester.
She will see how BikeRight! encourages skills development in youngsters through the popular Bikeability programme that reaches 3500 children across Greater Manchester every year.
Police Inspector Alice Lee Chau-yin and Liz Clarke observing training at Oswald Road Primary School in Chorlton.
The visit has come about after BikeRight! directors Liz Clarke and Jo Somerset visited Hong Kong in February 2016 to begin a process of sharing best practice across urban environments to improve cyclists skills, knowledge and road safety. They also met the Hong Kong Executive Director for transportation from Aecom - the international transport consultancy which is BikeRight!’s partner in the UK - and discussed the construction of cycle routes for which Aecom are expert engineering consultants.
Alice Lee Chau-yin, Police Inspector, Road Safety Traffic, New Territories North says, “Having met representatives from BikeRight! in Hong Kong earlier this year we were keen to find out more about how the organisation tackles issues around cycling skill and safety in the urban environment. Having spent time seeing the way that pupils at Manchester schools are taught the Bikeability programme and how this can also be adapted to train adult cyclists I can see how confidence is key to getting people passionate about safe, sustainable transport.”
Liz Clarke, director, BikeRight! says, “We have taught half a million schoolchildren since the Bikeability programme started in 2005 and that’s had a real impact on the confidence, skill and safety of children right across the North of England.
“We’re really pleased to be helping our contacts in Hong Kong as they look for strategic ways to improve the safety of cyclists and look forward to a fruitful relationship of consultation across two modern cities.”