The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed £20 million of funding for Bikeability to deliver its cycle training programme next year.
Bikeability has trained over 3.6 million children since 2007 and DfT has now announced record funding to ensure even more are equipped with the skills, confidence and knowledge to cycle on the roads and have the opportunity to gain other essential life skills. The funding has the potential to deliver half a million training places for children and their families.
The Bikeability Trust is continuing to offer bursaries for those wanting to join the industry, boosting the number of Bikeability instructors. This came as the industry gathered last week for the Bikeability annual conference, at which Minister Trudy Harrison delivered the keynote speech.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Harrison said: “Cycling helps both our planet and our wellbeing, and learning to cycle is also an important life skill. Our ambition is for every child to be able to access Bikeability training and I’m delighted we’ve been able to invest a record £20 million to help make this a reality.”
Emily Cherry, CEO at the Bikeability Trust, said: “We have already trained more than 3.6 million children how to cycle confidently and safely. This record investment will help us to achieve our ambition of offering every child cycle training.
“Bikeability teaches children an essential life skill that benefits their health and helps them make more sustainable travel choices. Getting children cycling when they’re young embeds active habits for life, gives them the independence to travel to school and, most importantly, helps them discover how fun cycling is.”
This comes as DfT recently launched Active Travel England, the executive agency tasked with driving up the quality of cycling and walking routes, led by former Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman.