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By HeraldExpress  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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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/

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  • Bleach  |  February 08 2013, 1:33PM

    And now all you need to do is train drivers how to drive responsibly and safely on the roads and those kids will be able to put their new knowledge into action. Because right now, no matter how well a child cycles, no matter how careful they are no-one in their right mind would let them out on British roads.

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