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Updated: February 16, 2010 15:12 IST

Schoolchildren have a feel of bike-riding

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A schoolboy trying his hand at a 50 cc motorcycle at Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
The Hindu A schoolboy trying his hand at a 50 cc motorcycle at Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Catch them young goes the adage. What better time to teach traffic safety rules than in childhood?

Thanks to the initiative launched by Honda Motors of Japan, children of Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar had their first brush in driving a motorcycle on Saturday. The children, aged between 8 to 12 years, were told about road rules, traffic signs and safety as they drove on the school ground with two trainers in tow.

The programme was part of the nationwide efforts by the company to create road safety awareness among school children. Jupiter Honda and Vishnu Honda associated with the training programme in Visakhapatnam.

The automobile giant allotted two 50 cc motorcycles from Japan to conduct the programme across schools in Andhra Pradesh. It also sent machines to enable children to learn simulated driving.

Young boys were seen eagerly awaiting their turn to drive the motorcycles. They waited with their riding gear and helmets firmly secured on their little heads. Those who were trying their hands at simulated motorcycles were no less excited. The driving tips, road signs and zebra crossings on the ground were too obvious to be missed.

Jupiter Honda Managing Partner Y. Raghu Ram said that 100 children would be trained as part of the programme that was meant to inculcate road safety awareness among the children.

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