This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Training and Education.
12. Provide cycle training at all primary and secondary schools.
Official Department for Transport Response…
The Department for Transport provides funding to local authorities and School Games Organiser Host Schools for the delivery of Bikeability training to children between school years 5 – 9 (ages 9-14).
The current funding of £24 million between April 2013 and March 2015 allows for a minimum of 600,000 children (based on a maximum contribution of £40 per head) to be trained to Levels 2 and 3 (Level 1 can be included if part of the same Level 2 course). In his announcement of 12th August, the Prime Minister committed to extending support for Bikeability into 2015/16.
In addition to funding specifically for Bikeability training, local authorities were invited to submit bids for LSTF funding which could include cycling. Of the 96 LSTF packages that have been agreed, 77 contained cycle training which includes 29 additional child cycle training packages. The funding provided by the Department is intended as a contribution towards the overall costs of cycle training. Local authorities may use other sources to fund additional cycle training places not covered by the department’s grant.