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Boost for Bikeability's survival chances

Wednesday 5th January 2011

Bikeability's survival chances have been boosted by a DfT survey showing 96% and 98% approval rates among children and parents respectively, according to a report in the Guardian.

The Bikeability scheme was launched three years ago as a replacement for the cycling proficiency test. According to an Ipsos/Mori poll carried out for the DfT. three quarters of respondents said they were ‘very satisfied’ with the training.

The Guardian says that the verdict is a boost for cycling campaigners who support Bikeability, but are concerned about its future with Cycling England set to perish in the government's ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

When Cycling England disappears in March 2012, Bikeability will come under direct DfT control.

Chris Peck, policy coordinator for the national cyclists’ organisation the CTC, said: “This sounds very positive. It's a programme which has been very successful and I hope it can continue beyond 2014.”

While funding for the scheme is not guaranteed beyond 2014, Norman Baker, junior transport minister, said: "The good news is that Bikeability is highly regarded by the people who use it.

“The key message is that it's getting a big vote of confidence, particularly from children, and that's important."

Click here to read the full Guardian report.

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