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Government cash means thousands more youngsters to get cycle training

Published on Monday, August 15, 2016

THOUSANDS more Leicester youngsters are to benefit from cycling training, thanks to a Government grant of over £355,000.

Leicester City Council has been awarded the cash from the Department of Transport as part of a £50million package to fund cycling skills training for children across the UK.

A grant of £329,640 means Leicester City Council will be able to provide up to 2,300 Bikeability training places for children in local schools in each of the next three years.

The training teaches safe cycling to children aged ten and 11 years, and aims to bring children’s riding skills up to the National Cycle Training Standard.

In addition, the council has been awarded £26,600 to offer ‘Balanceability’ training. This aims to introduce four to five year olds in reception classes to balance training and provide a fun, positive introduction to cycling as they start school.

Since Leicester’s Bikeability scheme was launched in 2007, over 15,000 local school children have taken part.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “Bikeability is a fantastic scheme. It helps give children the skills to stay safe on their bikes, ride with confidence and discover the fun and freedom that cycling can bring.

“Cycling is a healthy, affordable and sustainable way of getting about, so there are real benefits in encouraging young people to cycle.

“I’m really pleased that we have been awarded this new funding which will help thousands more children to benefit from Bikeability.”

Earlier this year, more than 500 pupils from schools across Leicester and Leicestershire took part in the annual schools’ bike ride to celebrate their Bikeability awards and show off their cycling skills.