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Schools: Cycling

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools make provision for Bikeability training. (191702)

I have been asked to reply.

This information is not collected centrally.

I announced on 17 March that we would be making funding available to local authorities to train nearly 80,000 schoolchildren to the Bikeability standard in 2008/09. This is in addition to the 46,000 children for whom we have already funded training via local authorities and School Sports Partnerships. We do not collect or hold data on the number of schools associated with these 126,000 children.

These figures do not include Bikeability-standard training paid for directly by local authorities, schools or other organisations. Estimates are that local authorities fund some form of cycle training for around 200,000 children a year. We do not collect information on how many of these children are trained to the Bikeability standard. We do know that some of the local authorities who will receive funding in 2008/09 are paying for Bikeability standard training to 29,000 more children from their own resources, in addition to the 80,000 funded by the Government. Other local authorities provide Bikeability standard training as part of their normal programme without DFT grant. For example York city council provide training to around 2,500 children to different Bikeability levels, including 1,200 to Level 2.