Cyclist training scheme gets £15m boost26/06/2006 News
Making the announcement at the Transport and Environment Conference in Oxford, Alexander said “If we can get [children] into cycling early with a strong focus on safety, there are real potential benefits.
“Small choices like this can have big impacts – for the health of children, on congestion and the environment.”
The ‘cycle proficiency scheme’ no longer exists. A bigger, better scheme – called the National Standard – is operated by a number of bodies, led by CTC.
CTC director Kevin Mayne said today’s cash boost was a milestone in CTC’ campaign to place training at the heart of cycling policy.
“We set out a strategy for government in 2002 which said government should be supporting recognised schemes of high quality training with direct funding for cycling lessons instead of a postcode lottery. When we started this campaign there were only a few industry insiders who recognised the value of training, now we are on track to deliver the CTC plan in full.
“We believe government should now push on and ensure that every child in the country is taught how to use their bikes to travel to school and around their communities.”
The new funding doubles the money by Department for Transport’ to Cycling England.
CTC Charitable Trust is delivering a £1m programme for Cycling England, improving the skills of Instructors to a CTC Approved standard recognised by over twenty road safety and cycling organisations.
The CTC/Cycling England National Cycle Training Helpline also supports instructors and training organisers and helps the public, employers and schools find qualified instructors in their area. The helpline will have details about Cycling England’ plans as soon as they are announced. Tel: 0870 607 0415.