Young Islington cyclist runner up in the prestigious Bikeability Trainee of the Year Award

  • 04
  • Aug

A young Islington cyclist has been chosen as a runner up in the prestigious Bikeability Trainee of the Year Award.

Mekhei uses prosthetic legs and took part in a Bikeability Level 1 course – like cycling proficiency – alongside his Year 3 classmates at St John’s Upper Holloway School.

Impressed by Mekhei’s determination, enthusiasm and confidence on a bike, Islington cycling instructor Andrew Castiglione nominated him for the national award.

Mekhei received a Halfords voucher, book and certificate in a presentation by Isobel Stoddart from the Bikeability Trust.

His mum Othelia says he has been riding since he was two years-old, but this course has given him so much more knowledge and many more skills. “He keeps telling me about how to signal and all the things he’s learnt,” she said.

Councillor Janet Burgess, Executive Member for Health and Social Care and Deputy Leader of the Council, spoke at the assembly where Mekhei received his award, congratulating all the children who took part and encouraging them to use their new cycling skills to get around the borough in a healthy, clean and fun way.

Last year over 1,600 children took part in Bikeability courses in Islington, and 600 adults also took cycle skills sessions. There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

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