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National award for refugee cycling scheme

A cycling scheme for refugees led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s road safety team and the Refugee Council, has won a top national award for the Best Sustainable Travel Initiative. Forty refugees from Syria who settled in the East Riding to escape the civil war in their country were given training in cycling skills and road safety to help them navigate the roads in their new country. 

As part of the scheme, the refugees received reconditioned bicycles and safety gear from the R-evolution charity in Cottingham, providing them with transport so they could travel to education and employment and help them integrate into the local community. Humberside Police supported the learning sessions, educating the group on how to safely use British roads.