Transport for London (TfL) has pledged that every child in London will be offered free cycling training as part of its new Delivery Plan for Schools and Young People which was launched last week.
A large part of the new delivery plan outlines the action that TfL is taking to prioritise the safety of the most vulnerable young road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, as well as making them aware of career opportunities in the transport industry.
TfL says that in the last year, nearly 39,000 children in the capital received cycle training as part of its work with 33 London boroughs to encourage children to take to two wheels.
The cycle training is a borough-led programme delivered within the proven framework of the nationally accredited ‘Bikeability’ training scheme.
TfL is working with London boroughs to encourage schools that are not running cycle training to sign-up. Schools can contact their borough’s road safety team or school travel plan officer for more information on how to get involved.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director surface transport, said: “We want to encourage a shift towards cycling and walking as part of the school journey and get more Londoners out of their cars during the school run.
“As well as encouraging schools to sign up for cycle training, we will be expanding cycle to school partnerships across London over the next three years. As a result, we hope to embed a cycling culture within schools and London-wide.
“This plan also sets out how we are working with young people to provide them with the skills they need to make informed, safe travel choices.”
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