The DfT has appointed the transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave to manage the day-to-day running of the Bikeability programme.
The Government has made £11m available for cycle training during the financial year 2011-12, which the DfT says will be used help to deliver up to 275,000 cycle training places for 10 and 11 year old pupils.
Norman Baker, transport minister, said: “This Government is strongly committed to cycling. Enabling children to learn to cycle safely and confidently plays a valuable role in creating a new generation of cyclists. That is why we took the decision to safeguard the future of Bikeability with the aim of giving as many children as possible the opportunity to take part in Bikeability cycle training.
"Bikeability promotes the benefits of cycling as a healthy and enjoyable way of getting around. On a wider level it helps to reduce congestion, gives children more opportunities for exercise, and plays a part in the fight against climate change."
The rules for Local Highway Authorities and School Games Organiser Host Schools (formally School Sports Partnerships) who receive Bikeability grants are also being changed to allow more flexibility of grant use. Examples include offering training to a greater age range.
Peter Zanzottera, Bikeability support manager at Steer Davies Gleave, said: "Steer Davies is proud to be associated with Bikeability as we have been since it started in 2007. With this new contract we offer continuity to all of the stakeholders, parents and children and we anticipate new products and initiatives to swell the numbers of new cyclists."
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