Cycling: Training

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the number of cycle training sessions local authorities have provided in each of the last ten years.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Data on the numbers of schoolchildren who have taken part each year in Bikeability training courses in each local highway authority area in England is available via the Bikeability Trust’s website at https://bikeability.org.uk/support/publications/. The total number of children trained across England rose from around 134,000 in 2009/10 to around 420,000 in 2019/20. The Department is providing an unprecedented £18 million of funding for the Bikeability programme in 2021/22 to allow even more training to be delivered.

The Department does not hold data on the number of adult cycling training sessions delivered in each local authority area each year, but is providing around £30 million of revenue funding in the current financial year to local authorities in England to enable them to deliver a wide range of programmes including adult cycle training courses.

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