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Transport: Schools

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to encourage children to cycle to school. (168682)

The Department works closely with DCSF on the joint “Travelling to School” project, which encourages all forms of sustainable travel to school.

This project has been going since April 2004. Its funds enable local authorities to employ a network of around 250 school travel advisers and regional school travel advisers to work with schools to help them develop and implement school travel plans. Over 14,000 schools have already developed travel plans. It also supports capital grants for schools with travel plans which can be spent on, for example, cycle facilities.

In addition, we are supporting cycling to school by promoting Bikeability, the new National Standard cycle training scheme. Through Cycling England, we are investing £1.8 million this year alone in cycle training via local authorities and the Youth Sports Trust. We have also provided £16.2 million for the ‘Links to Schools’ programme and £1.6 million for the ‘Bike It’ scheme which works with schools to increase the number of young people cycling. These all contribute to the overall “Travelling to School” project.