Sunday, June 16, 2024

Cambridgeshire pupils pedal ahead in the East of England 

NEW figures from the Bikeability Trust show that over 50,000 children in the East of England got pedalling with Bikeability cycle training between April 2022 and March 2023. The top performing authorities in the East of England for 2022–23 were Cambridgeshire, Southend On Sea and Essex. Across England (excluding London), 461,886 pupils received Bikeability training between April 2022 and March 2023, with 50,382 of those children living in the East of England.

Bikeability cycle training equips children with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing. After Bikeability, children are better at responding to risk and report increased confidence. As a result, more children cycle to school which in turn improves mental health and wellbeing. This allows children to get more out of the classroom, improving their attention span and engagement. Healthier habits lead to increased attendance and improved academic results. Bikeability isn’t just a training course; it impacts children’s lives.

Bikeability Trust Chief Executive Emily Cherry said: “I’m so proud of the 50,382 children in the East of England who can now enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of cycling, and will have the skills and confidence to be able to make more sustainable transport choices for the rest of their lives. Well done to you all, and huge thanks to our brilliant instructors and training providers in the East of England, who are so committed to teaching young people this essential life skill.

“But we know we have further to go. We are on a mission to ensure no child leaves school without the knowledge, confidence and opportunity to cycle. We know that government shares that ambition, and we were pleased to see the commitment to give every child access to Bikeability cycle training reiterated in Active Travel England’s recent Corporate Plan. 

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in 2022, as outlined in our newly published impact report (2). The coming years will see Bikeability expand to areas previously unreached, helping us to deliver training to even more people. And we will continue to break down barriers to unlock cycling for everyone who wants to join in.” 

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