Cycling

Transport written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to encourage an increase in the number of people taking the national standards for cycle training.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

We announced in March this year grants of over £3 million to local authorities to train an additional 80,000 children to the national standard. We are also making available £1 million for direct cycle training grants to schools through the School Sports Partnerships. This will provide funds for around a further 25,000 children to receive national standard training.

This builds on the 46,000 children for whom we have already funded training via local authorities and School Sports Partnerships.

Further grants will be made available, through Cycling England over the next few years to achieve our target of providing cycle training for 500,000 children by 2012.

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