Author Archives: Annie Cousins

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Ed joins Pedal & Scoot

We’re very happy that Ed Coyle is now a fully fledged member of the Pedal&Scoot team! You can read more about Ed here.  He recently worked with the reception class at Embsay Primary School near Skipton; and returns in July to work with KS1 pupils at Skipton Parish Church Primary School.  Pedal&Scoot staff have been to schools in Lancashire, Cumbria & Yorkshire – and are open to requests from elsewhere in the North!





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Kathy joins Pedal&Scoot

I’m really pleased to announce that Kathy Bashford is going to manage Pedal&Scoot whilst I’m working in Edinburgh. Kathy has much experience of delivering cycling activities to children & adults. She used to work for Sustrans as a Bike It officer and has good relationships with many schools in the Lancaster & Morecambe area. I used to work with Kathy and she taught me everything I know about teaching children to cycle :0) You’ll be in good hands! In the meantime, I will remain a silent partner for Pedal&Scoot. Annie x

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Year 5 & 6 children cycle 20 miles!

2 groups of children from Carnforth North Road School cycled 20 miles this week!  There were proud, amazed and excited at their achievement.  We followed the canal from Carnforth to Lancaster, the cycle path to Morecambe, and then returned to Carnforth via the promenade & canal.  What a brilliant local adventure, and a great learning & personal development opportunity for the children.  Well done all!


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Pedal & Picnic!

Come along to a Pedal&Scoot bike ride this summer!  This is a personalised service for up to 2 children. You can leave your children to cycle with Annie from Pedal&Scoot, while you enjoy a bit of quality ‘me’ time;  or you can come along for the ride too if you fancy it!

Pedal Picnic 2015

How it works – before the ride:

We’ll have an initial consultation to enable me to work out the best cycling route for your child.  You might like to meet me at this stage, possibly with your child, so that they can get to know me a bit before we go cycling together.  Or we can chat on the phone or over email; it’s up to you!  The route depends very much on their cycling ability, and I will make sure I choose the most appropriate route for them. Most rides follow quiet and traffic-free routes.  However, if your child is older and a more experienced & confident cyclist, I can plan a route to help them improve their skills when cycling on roads.

On the day:

We’ll cycle from a point convenient to you; I work in the Lancaster & Morecambe Bay area. If in doubt about whether I would work from your location, do just get in touch.

I cycle behind your children to ensure I can see them at all times, observe their skill level, and give them any instructions as needed.  We will stop regularly and cover safety tips; I will help your child to improve their cycling skills.

Most of all, I will always strive to ensure the ride is a safe, fun and enjoyable experience, and I will ensure your children are happy and looked after.

Please contact me to find out more and to have a chat about whether this is suitable for your child.

Costs are £25 per half day per child, with a £5 family discount for additional siblings.

What you get for this price: picnic, snacks and drinks; a personalised service from an experienced & professional teacher and cyclist; consultation, route planning and risk assessment before the day.

Any accompanying adults are free of charge, and group sizes can be larger in this case; group discounts available.

Summer holiday dates available for cycle picnics:

August 17th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th

September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Weekend dates are also available – please do ask.

Alternatively, you might choose for your child to have a one-hour training session; suitable for learners too. These 1:1 sessions are £15 per child and can take place in a traffic-free area, or on the roads. I can fit this in at a time to suit you – school holidays; after school or at weekends.

Safety first: I am a qualified teacher and cycle instructor, and safety is at the forefront of my service.  I risk assess the routes beforehand, and have public liability insurance through the CTC.  I have an enhanced DBS check, and am trained in child protection.  I am a Sustrans Ride Leader, a first aider and am water-safety trained; I carry a first aid kit plus a throw line when cycling near water.

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Learn to cycle this Summer!

Suitable for children of all ages.

Sessions taking place at Carnforth North Road Primary School on:

Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th July;

Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th August.

Morning session 10.30-12am; afternoon session 1-2.30pm.

£12 per child per session.

Please contact Annie Cousins at Pedal&Scoot to secure your place or for more info.

Find out more about Pedal&Scoot learn to cycle sessions here


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Learn to cycle this Easter!

Come and learn how to ride your bike! Sessions are at Highfield in Lancaster, on the junction of Derwent and Quernmore Roads.  Each hourly session costs £8. Children must be accompanied by adults, and please bring a bike and helmet. Booking essential as places are limited. Please contact Annie to book and for more info.

Dates: Tues 31st March, Weds 1st April, Thurs 2nd April, Tues 7th April, Weds 8th April, Thurs 9th April

Times: 10 -11 am ; 11 -12 am each day.

Ready, pedal, go!

L2C Easter 2015

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Commute your route with Pedal & Scoot!

Want to cycle to work this Spring? Nervous of cycling on the roads? I can help you plan the quietest possible route to work, and advise you on how to cycle confidently on the road sections. I’ll even cycle to work and back with you, to help you get to know your route and feel good about it! Contact me to have a chat about how I can help you. Costs £25 for first session (route planning and road confidence); £15 for additional sessions.

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Women’s Cycle with Confidence group

Nearly time to dust and de-rust those bikes! New Women’s ‘Cycle with Confidence’ group coming to Lancaster. Please share and tell your friends. Perhaps you know someone who would love to cycle for the first time, or who wants to return to cycling, but just needs that gentle push (metaphorically and physically!)…Contact me on if you are interested in the group, or one-to-one tuition

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New Year, New Bike?

Need a confidence boosting lesson? Or does your child need to learn to ride? Contact Annie to book a one-to-one cycling lesson.  Or how about asking your child’s school to book learn to cycle sessions with Pedal and Scoot?

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Buying a bike for someone special this Christmas?

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Are they a beginner or a bit wobbly? How about a stocking filler – a confidence-building session from Pedal&Scoot to get them going! Email Annie at to order your gift voucher. Starting from £10 for half an hour session. Suitable for people of all ages. I’ve taught young children, teenagers and adults to cycle for the first time, and they all had smiles on their faces!! Spread the word in the Lancaster area!


The big wide world

"The great majority of us first learn to ride as a child, the bicycle a type of 'transitional object', taking us away to really explore the bigger world for the first time out of the sight of our parents, our first real taste of independence and freedom. It's the symbolic moment when horizons broaden, possibilities open up; you are moving under your own power, controlling where you want to go."

– Mike Carter 'One Man and His Bike'

Ready Pedal Go!