A project organised by the Metropolitan Police to teach deaf children to cycle was one of the winners in the recent London Cycling Awards.
The Blue Wheelers project involved police officers working with pupils at the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to teach them cycling and road safety awareness. Some deaf children miss out on cycling because facilities do not always exist to meet their specific needs. The officers, from the Regent’s Park team, learned to sign to communicate with the children, and the project made use of a number of abandoned bikes that might otherwise have been thrown away.
The London Cycling Awards, organised by the London Cycling Campaign, aim to highlight and encourage best practice in cycling in the capital and beyond.