Council approves extra funding to support Bikeability

North Yorkshire County Council has approved additional funding to support Bikeability cycle training for school children.

The authority’s business and environmental service executive members accepted  £45,000 from the Department for Transport, after the council was invited to apply for the funding from grant surplus.

This could fund a further 1,100 training places for the scheme but the council will need to contribute up to £6,600.

County councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for transport, said: “Cycling is becoming more and more popular in North Yorkshire and that is very good news.

“It is important that young cyclists are safe and feel safe on our roads.

“That is why we have agreed to accept the Government funding and pay the top-up costs.

“We want to ensure Bikeability remains an important part of our road safety work.”

Bikeability provides training to year-six pupils, teaching them practical skills and an understanding of how to cycle on roads.

In North Yorkshire, it is now in its eighth year in the county and about 30,000 students have benefited from the scheme.

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