Lincolnshire has been chosen as a pilot area for the Department for Transport’s ‘Bikeability Plus’ scheme with a school in Boston at the forefront.
Lincolnshire County Council has been awarded £25,000 to deliver Bikeability Plus – a series of modules designed to engage children and families with the opportunities, skills, support and guidance to make cycling part of their everyday lives.
This will see Staniland Primary School hold what is being called a ‘Bikeability Fun Time’ in May to encourage more people into cycling.
Between March and June the authority will deliver six modules to selected schools and communities across the county:
l Bikeability Fix – children will learn basic bike maintenance such as how to fix a puncture, or how to adjust brakes
l Bikeability Recycled – an initiative to redistribute bikes to communities that do not have the resources to buy their own
l Bikeability Fun Time – community events to encourage people to try cycling in a fun, family atmosphere
l Bikeability On Show – informing parents and teachers about the skills their children have been learning
l Bikeability Balance – school based sessions with balance bikes for children in Reception and Year 1
l Bikeability Transition – helping students moving from primary to secondary school to plan their new cycle route
Coun Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways and transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Being chosen as a pilot project for Bikeability Plus is fantastic for Lincolnshire. Not only does it allow us to expand our Bikeability delivery to areas of the county we have not been able to previously, it also encourages additional training and equipment for our committed instructors.
“Being part of this pilot shows the progressive commitment Lincolnshire County Council has shown to the development of Bikeability, and puts us at the forefront of future developments in cycle training.”