A £180,000 grant from the Department for Transport to Buckinghamshire County Council is helping to give four and a half thousand Buckinghamshire children safety training on their bikes with the forthcoming Bikeability scheme. This is almost twice as many children as received cycle safety training under the scheme last year.
Any school or youth group in Buckinghamshire can apply to the County Council for Bikeability funding which then pays for local professional instructors to train children in school years five to nine.
On-the-road training is in small groups and includes experience dealing with traffic on short journeys, such as cycling to school, being clear with hand signals, turning at junctions, and identifying and dealing with hazards.
In the past year more than 130 schools and groups have run Bikeability sessions. Schools and groups can apply for funding to the County Council at http://tinyurl.com/ph68l5a