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Cycling: Children

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she is considering introducing measures to encourage cycling by children. (164628)

The Department is already actively encouraging children to cycle.

We have spent £16.2 million over the last two and a half years on providing safe routes from residential areas to over 500 schools and have provided funding for the ‘Bike IT’ scheme which works with schools to increase the number of young people cycling.

We have launched Bikeability—the new training scheme which gives children (and adults) the skills and confidence to deal with current traffic conditions and are investing £1.67 million in training approx 47,000 year 6 children to Bikeability level 2 this year. This is in addition to the investment in cycle training local authorities are already making. And more funding will be available next year.

Many of the improvements local authorities are making to local cycling infrastructure and cycle networks can also encourage young people to cycle. One of the cycle demonstration towns we are funding, Derby, has a specific focus on targeting improvements to encourage those under 25 to cycle.