A SPIKE in reports of accidents involving children on bicycles has prompted the launch of a new initiative across Hambleton schools.

Primary school pupils are being asked to enter a poster competition to help remind everyone about cycling safely.

It follows a number of reports of accidents involving children on bikes including riding their bikes on pavements, dodging pedestrians, not wearing helmets and riding without lights on dark nights.

The competition has been organised by Hambleton District Council’s Safer Hambleton Hub, along with local police and fire crews.

A winner’s event will be held at Northallerton Fire Station in early October, with the chosen posters being displayed in prominent locations across Hambleton.

Hambleton Councillor Paula Thompson, portfolio holder for leisure and communities, said: “We know the last 18 months has been difficult for everyone but especially our children.

"They now have some freedom over the summer holidays, but we want them to enjoy themselves safely.

“We have recently seen several accidents where children have been knocked of their bikes through careless cycling, and concern amongst our communities and businesses regarding irresponsible cycling is rising.

"We hope this competition will be a fun way of giving a focus on cycling safely, making riders aware of the dangers of roads and how their riding can affect others without them realising.”

The competition is running alongside educational talks being offered to all primary schools, designed to be a fun reminder of the importance of safety on paths and roads.