14 April 2014

Seventeen year old Ehtisham Adil cycles every day and wants to inspire other students to get on their bike.

The A Level student, who is in his first year of studying ICT, Law, Financial Studies and Travel and Tourism at Cadbury Sixth Form College, has recently completed a cycle training course and wants to promote the benefits of travelling on two wheels: “I’ve been cycling for over ten years and regularly cycle with friends along the canal into Birmingham. It’s a really nice environment and you get to see another side to the city.”

Ehtisham has completed national cycle training at levels 1, 2 and 3 and has learnt the basics of good bike riding as well as more advanced techniques such as dealing with busy roads and complex junctions.

The free cycle activities were provided by BikeRight for the Smart Network, Smarter Choices project which is helping people across the West Midlands to travel more sustainably. As a result of the training he said: “I now feel much more confident on the road, especially at roundabouts.”

The keen cyclist is planning to undertake a bike maintenance course and hopes to become a bike trainer in the future. He said: “Cycling is cheaper and quicker than taking the bus or car and it keeps you healthy. My mum can’t ride a bike and I want to teach her.”

Cycling experts BikeRight were visiting Cadbury College as part of its ‘Stay Safe Week’ initiative, which ran from 31 March to 4th April. Dan Morris, Cycling Development Officer at BikeRight, performed free bike maintenance checks and advised students on cycle routes and bike safety. He said: “We are keen to get more staff and students to cycle to college and Ehtisham is a great role model for others. We have lots of events planned in the future to encourage the college community to get cycling.”