Saturday, 14 April 2012

Children Across Cambridgeshire Get Cycling Boost


Cllr Andy Pellew
4,000 children across Cambridgeshire are to get free cycle training over the next academic year as part of Transport Minister Norman Baker MPs boost to cycling. The Government will hand £160,000 to Cambridgeshire County Council to fund training in 2012/13 as part of an national strategy that will deliver £11 million as part of a national fund.

In addition, Norman Baker has increased the funding for the following two academic years by £2 million. This means that the Government will spend over £35 million on teaching children to cycle safely, competently and confidently on the road over the next 3 years.

Andy Pellew, Bar Hill resident and Local Parish Councillor said "This is excellent news for cyclists across Cambridgeshire and specifically here in Bar Hill. Despite the design of the village protecting people from vehicles along the paths it's vital that children are taught at an early age to travel safely both for their own benefit and that of other users of the paths!"

"Cycling is one of  the most efficient methods of transport we have, not to mention the health benefits of regular exercice. I am delighted that Liberal Democrats in Government are supporting cycling nationally and investing in the children of Cambridgeshire"

NOTES:

Details of today’s announcements can be found here
A breakdown of funding can be found here http://content.bikeability.org.uk/publications/