Government announces £2m to encourage children to cycle and walk

19 January 2021

The Government will be making £2m available to help encourage children to walk or cycle to school. The funding announcement was made to mark the beginning of Bike to School Week and one week before the start of Walk to School Week.

Half of the funds will go towards setting up cycle repair workshops - or ‘Doctor Bike’ clinics - in primary schools and local neighbourhoods to make sure students’ bikes are fit for the road.

The other £1m will go towards extending the Walk to School Outreach Programme with measures aimed at tackling the barriers that may prevent children and their families choosing to walk to and from school. It will also go towards providing schools with classroom materials and access to local coordinators who can help schools get new walking initiatives up and running.

‘Cycling and walking is good for people and the planet’s health, so we want half of all journeys to be cycled or walked by 2030. To do that, we must encourage young people to see cycling and walking as normal as getting the bus or train,’ said cycling and walking minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

‘This funding will support schools and local communities to get more children walking to school, and set up bike surgeries that will help children get their bikes ready to roll, so they can start their day healthy and happy!’

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