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Cycling: Children

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children have taken part in Cycling England's Bikeability training scheme since 2006. (191694)

Since 2005-06 the Department has provided funding to enable around 46,000 children to be trained to the Bikeability standard. Estimates are that local authorities fund some form of cycle training for 200,000 children but we do not hold information centrally on the number of children who have trained to Bikeability standard rather than other local authority run schemes.

In January the Secretary of State for Transport announced a six fold increase in the cycling budget to £140 million for Cycling England to invest in initiatives to encourage cycling, including enabling an extra 500,000 children to have Bikeability training by 2012.