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20 May 2022

Over 6000 young people have benefited from Bikeability training in Cumbria!

Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Council, has been working with Cyclewise and Eden Valley Sports Partnership to deliver 6200 training sessions for young people across Cumbria. 

More than 200 schools in Cumbria completed Bikeability Cycle Training between April 2021 and March 2022, with Cumbrian training providers Cyclewise and Eden Valley Sports Partnership. 

There were over 6200 training sessions delivered across the county, an increase of nearly 500 sessions from the 2017-2018 programme. In addition to learning cycle skills, children, young people, and families gain a sense of freedom, confidence, independence, and a connection to their local environment. 

Cyclewise will be delivering training across all six districts this year and the county council is hopeful that the programme will continue to go from strength to strength.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: 

“Cycling proficiency training, known as Bikeability, equips young people with the skills they need to become confidentcyclists, gain a better understanding of their surroundings, and encourage cycling into adulthood.

“Recent changes to the Highway Code make it even more important that young people and adults are aware of the new rules, and that they are confident and considerate when cycling.

“I am delighted that the county council can support this excellent work, as the council has a strong track record in delivering cycle training at schools with our partners." 

Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said: 

“The popularity of cycling is growing more and more, and it is a good way to keep fit and healthy while staying environmentally friendly. 

“Since a lot of legislation has recently been altered, this is a great opportunity to encourage young people to stay safe while participating in this fun and enjoyable activity. 

“We are very pleased to see that the Bikeability programme continues to be delivered in Cumbrian schools, and hope that it encourages more pupils to commute by bike to school every day." 

If you would like more information about Bikeability or any of our other Active Travel initiatives, please contact mandy.bailey@cumbria.gov.uk.




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Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Council, has been working with Cyclewise and Eden Valley Sports Partnership to deliver 6200 training sessions for young people across Cumbria.