Around 7,000 Devon
schoolchildren are to benefit from Bikeability cycle training over the next
year after Devon County Council's successful bid for Government funding.
Devon County Council will
receive a £280,000 grant from the Department for Transport in April to continue
providing Bikeability cycle training in the county in 2013/14.
Bikeability is a national
initiative offering "cycling proficiency" for the 21st century which has been
adopted by Devon County Council as the cycle training standard in the county.
More than 20,000
schoolchildren in the county have received Bikeability training from Devon
County Council since it started its delivery in Exeter in 2006 and extended it
countywide in 2010. Schoolchildren who take part are given real cycling
experience and skills to equip them to confidently deal with traffic on short
journeys, such as cycling to school.
Councillor Stuart Hughes,
Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:
"Bikeability training in Devon goes from strength to strength, and this latest
grant allocation is recognition of our success in delivering training to a high
standard. Last year around 6,500 schoolchildren in the county received
Bikeability training from Devon County Council, and it's great that even more
will get to benefit over the next 12 months.
"Not only does Bikeability
provide youngsters with essential cycling skills and confidence, but it also
promotes road safety awareness. Our aim is for every primary school in Devon to
host Bikeability Level 2 courses for all children over nine years old so that
it encourages greater use of cycling as a sustainable form of transport,
reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions."
Devon County Council will use
the funding to deliver Level 1 and Level 2 training, as well as Level 3,
advanced cycling for children of secondary school age, who have already
completed Level 2. The County Council is aiming for every child leaving primary
school to have successfully completed Level 2 training.
For more information on
cycling in Devon or to book Bikeability courses in your school, go to http://www.cycledevon.info/