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  Kids getting cycle safety lessons
Updated 23 April 2004, 14.43
Kids on bikes
Around 35,000 kids are getting lessons on how to cycle safely under a new scheme in England, Wales and Scotland.

The announcement was made on the day when a proposed law to force kids to wear safety helmets was delayed because there weren't enough MPs to vote.

Up to 400 MPs were absent because they were taking part in "back to school" days in the areas they represent.

Another slot for debating the law will now have to be found. The cycle lessons are designed for six to 18-year-olds.

Helmets can look cool
Helmets can look cool

The scheme was launched after a poll found that nine out of 10 parents wanted cycle training to be part of the school timetable.

The MP behind the proposed cycle helmets law said he was disappointed about what had happened.

Mean

"It's a bit mean but we will try again," he said.

Earlier, he had told MPs that the equivalent of one primary school class were killed and an entire secondary school seriously injured in accidents each year.

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