Cycling Schemes

Transport written question – answered on 1 November 2010.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Bikeability cycle training scheme.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

Bikeability cycle training is based on the National Standard for cycling training. The National Standard was developed by cycling organisations, safety bodies (including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Road Safety UK), and the Administrations of the United Kingdom. It represents years of combined experience in providing high-quality, safe cycle training. Formal cycle training with an on-road element, such as Bikeability, has been shown to improve the safety awareness of children.

Recent research conducted by MORI asked parents and children about their experiences of Bikeability. Children who have taken part in the scheme feel safer and more confident when riding on the road (86%) and their parents feel more confident in allowing them to do so (87%). Children who have participated also feel more confident about riding their bike more often (87%). Bikeability training is rated very highly by both parents (97% say that they are very/quite satisfied with the training) and children (95% describe it as fairly/very good). I intend to publish this research in full in the near future.

The Department is currently evaluating cycling measures undertaken in the designated cycling demonstration towns, including cycle training and other activities aimed at schools. This work will be published once complete.

The value the Government place on Bikeability is demonstrated by our decision to continue support for the scheme after 2010-11.

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