Around 7,000 Devonschoolchildren are to benefit from Bikeability cycle training over the nextyear after Devon County Council's successful bid for Government funding.
Devon County Council willreceive a £280,000 grant from the Department for Transport in April to continueproviding Bikeability cycle training in the county in 2013/14.
Bikeability is a nationalinitiative offering "cycling proficiency" for the 21st century which has beenadopted by Devon County Council as the cycle training standard in the county.
More than 20,000schoolchildren in the county have received Bikeability training from DevonCounty Council since it started its delivery in Exeter in 2006 and extended itcountywide in 2010. Schoolchildren who take part are given real cyclingexperience and skills to equip them to confidently deal with traffic on shortjourneys, 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 latestgrant allocation is recognition of our success in delivering training to a highstandard. Last year around 6,500 schoolchildren in the county receivedBikeability training from Devon County Council, and it's great that even morewill get to benefit over the next 12 months.
"Not only does Bikeabilityprovide youngsters with essential cycling skills and confidence, but it alsopromotes road safety awareness. Our aim is for every primary school in Devon tohost Bikeability Level 2 courses for all children over nine years old so thatit encourages greater use of cycling as a sustainable form of transport,reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions."
Devon County Council will usethe funding to deliver Level 1 and Level 2 training, as well as Level 3,advanced cycling for children of secondary school age, who have alreadycompleted Level 2. The County Council is aiming for every child leaving primaryschool to have successfully completed Level 2 training.
For more information oncycling in Devon or to book Bikeability courses in your school, go to http://www.cycledevon.info/