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Lincoln doctor learns to ride a bike at 42

Dr Jean Rebello from Hykeham had always wanted to ride a bike and tried on numerous occasions with family and friends, but could never quite master the skill.

But Jean has taken part in a group session and one-to-one lessons with a local instructor as part of Access LN6’s Adult Cycle Training Scheme, and has now learnt how to ride a bike.

Access LN6 Adult Cycle Training
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Dr Rebello (42) said: “The training has been amazing; the best thing I’ve done in a long time.

“From a complete beginner with no balance to being able to ride a bike is amazing.

“My husband and children used to go on bike rides without me, but now I can join them.

“The instructors were very good, especially Pauline, who has been very supportive, patient, encouraging and even helped me to select a bike.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to her. If I can learn, anyone can!”

The Adult’s Cycle Training Scheme offers group sessions and one-to-one lessons with a local instructor, and is available to anyone of any age or ability.

The training costs £5 per person, but this is refunded in hirebike credit once the session is completed.

There are three levels available; new starters for those who have never ridden before, rusty riders for cyclists who want to gain confidence on the roads, and advanced cyclists to develop complex cycling skills.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council said: “One of our main aims of Access LN6 is to increase the number of people cycling in the local area.

“We’re doing lots of work with local schools and feedback from parents and residents suggested that cycle training for adults would be very useful.

“We hope that more local people like Jean will take up the offer.”