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Bikeability & Bikeability Plus Funding

The Department for Transport has allocated £50m (of which £46.8m is allocated to training grants) to the Bikeability programme from 2016-17 to 2019-20. Of this allocation, £5m will be allocated to the national roll out of Bikeability Plus. 

Local Highway Authorities and School Games Organiser Host Schools in England have applied for the grant funding up until 2020 with annoucements likely to be made towards the end of June. All invitees were sent a guidance document setting out the process and guidelines for bidding for Bikeability training grants which can be found on the Bikeability Professionals website. 

Bikeability Plus is a new programme to remove key barriers to getting children cycling more often, complementing the existing Bikeability training package. It will encourage children and families to take up cycling and providing them with the skills to keep on cycling into adulthood.

Bikeability Plus includes modules such as training for 3-4 year olds to use balance bikes, to give them a fun, positive introduction to cycling as they start school. Older children will also be shown how to fix and maintain their bikes themselves – so they can keep on cycling. These are only two of the 11 modules in total.

Bikeability Plus has already been successfully piloted in 18 areas across England with over 16,000 children taking part. Monitoring of the pilot found that the number of children who cycled to school at least once a week increased from 4% to 10%.

Cycling Minister Robert Goodwill said: “We want Britain to become a cycling nation and Bikeability Plus will be an important contribution to get more children cycling safely and with confidence. There is no better way to make sure future generations of cyclists use healthy and green transport options. Bikeability has trained more than 1.5 million children to cycle since 2010. This new training will help children, including those from disadvantaged communities to experience cycling for the first time.”

 

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