Council secures government funding for children’s cycle training

PUBLISHED: 11:55 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:55 02 September 2016

Hertfordshire County Council has secured government funding for its cycle training scheme

Hertfordshire County Council has secured government funding for its cycle training scheme

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Hertfordshire County Council has been granted government funding to continue its cycle training scheme up until 2020.

The Hertfordshire Bikeability Scheme, launched in 2007, teaches children vital cycling skills.

The new funding of almost £421,000, which covers just under 50 per cent of the cost of the training, is expected to help another 23,000 children take part in the scheme.

Bikeability has three different training levels. Level one helps new riders to gain balance and control over their bike, level two, which is for children in Year Five upwards, develops more complex ‘on the road’ skills, and level three looks at more complex situations which cyclists might encounter on the road.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding.

“Our Bikeability scheme is one of the most successful in the country, training 50,000 children to date, and we have managed to sustain this by asking parents and schools to make a contribution to the costs.

“Making sure that children learn to ride properly and stay safe is essential and the secure future of the Bikeability training is a key part of this.”

Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries, said: “The London 2012 Olympics created a huge interest in cycling and it is gratifying to see that the increase in the number of people who took up riding a bike at that time has been sustained over the last four years.

“We expect that Rio 2016, especially with the continued success of local gold medallist, Laura Trott, will further inspire people of all ages who take to the roads with their bikes.

“We want our children to live healthy lives and cycling is a great way for them to stay fit and healthy and have fun at the same time. The benefits of regular physical activity cannot be underestimated.”


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