13. Offer widespread affordable (or free) cycle training and other programmes

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Training and Education.

13. Offer widespread affordable (or free) cycle training and other programmes to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to give cycling a try, as evidenced by NICE.


Official Department for Transport Response…

There are current Department for Transport funding channels that provide support to local authorities in choosing to implement these recommendations.

For example, in addition to the child cycle training funding, the Department’s White Paper ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon‘ outlined Government support for sustainable travel.

The [Local Sustainable Transport FundLSTF invited local authorities to submit bids which may include cycling. All £600 million from the fund has now been committed to deliver 96 packages. Of those 96 packages, 77 contained cycle training which includes 48 adult training packages. Local authorities may use other sources to fund additional cycle training places not covered by the Department’s grant. Some local authorities provide free adult training

The recent Spending Round announcements included £100 million capital funding for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for 2015/16, as part of the Local Growth Fund. £78.5m revenue funding has also been announced for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (including Bikeability) in 2015/16, to support the delivery of capital projects funded through the Local Growth Fund.

Bikeability is not only for children. There is a range of training available to suit all requirements from the complete beginner wanting to boost their confidence to those wanting to develop more advanced skills.

The Bikeability website contains further information for those wishing to find a suitable cycle training provider. Some Local Authorities also provide free or subsidised adult cycle training.

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