Fresh funding boost for cycle training in city

Cycle training in Birmingham is set to receive a fresh boost after the city council successfully bid for extra funding from the Department for Transport.

Cllr James McKay

Cllr James McKay

Bikeability funding for the city is set to total £180,000 for 2014/15 – a 50 per cent increase on the initial sum given for the current financial year.

The increase comes as a result of the council co-ordinating a programme that has consistently hit its targets. Since launching in 2005, a total of 8,000 schoolchildren in Birmingham have been Bikeability trained.

This year (2013/14), the Government initially awarded the city £120,000 to train 3,500 students and the council was then successful in obtaining an extra £20,000 for 500 further students to take part – underlining the importance now placed upon cycling by the council.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, who is also the council’s Cycling Champion, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive extra funding from the Government for our efforts to improve cycling skills across the city.

“It is recognition we are making progress and doing good things when it comes to encouraging sustainable forms of transport, which are good for the health of citizens, while also helping to tackle issues such as traffic congestion.”

The provision of Bikeability training, a modern-day take on Cycling Proficiency, is also one of the key elements of the council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution plans – which were separately backed to the tune of £17million by central government last year.

Cllr McKay added: “The Birmingham Cycle Revolution plan lays the foundation for a long-term plan that places cycling at the heart of the city’s transportation system.

“But even though we’ve secured strong backing from the Government in a time of austerity, we still think we could be doing even more and will be putting together proposals in the coming months for more funding to continue the growth in cycling which we see as key to the city’s future.”

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