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Children from Hazelwood Integrated Primary School, North Belfast have helped the Department of the Environment (DOE) and Cycling Proficiency Scheme sponsor Centra remind other young people to ask Santa for the right safety equipment when he is delivering bicycles this Christmas.

Children across Northern Ireland will be hoping to find bikes under the tree on Christmas morning and the message is a simple one – don’t forget to ask Santa to leave a bicycle with a bell, helmet, reflective clothing and lights when you’re writing your letters to Father Christmas this year.

The pre-Christmas message is being promoted by the DOE and supported by sponsor Centra, as part of the Cycling Proficiency Scheme campaign, and aims to improve road safety awareness among children and parents.

The Cycling Proficiency Scheme is a DOE initiative sponsored by Centra and its 86 independently owned stores in Northern Ireland. Centra provides financial and practical support to the scheme, including help with the production of training resources for schools and raising awareness of the project among customers. Up to 9,000 school children aged 9-11 take part in Cycling Proficiency training at approximately 570 primary schools each spring.

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