Julian shows his Bikeability in his campaign for school cycle training

16 July, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert, who has been lobbying government to get cycle training included on the school curriculum, is to find out more about the skills taught through the city’s Bikeability scheme.

Julian will be given a two hour taster session of the three levels of the scheme, designed to teach young people how to ride safely, and a bicycle check.

He will meet a trainer from Cambridge’s Outspoken, who teaches Bikeability skills in schools across the region, on August 1.

Julian led a Parliamentary inquiry, Get Britain Cycling, designed to improve safety for cyclists and encourage more people to cycle. The inquiry recommended cycling should be included on the national curriculum and taught in schools.

“We should be teaching our children to cycle safely as part of the school curriculum,” said Julian. “Most children learn to swim through school lessons but cycling is taught in very few schools. In fact, only two per cent of children nationally cycle to school.

“In Cambridge, we do much better than that and I would like to see that replicated across the country. It gives our young people an easy, safe form of transport while helping to keep them healthy at the same time.

“I am looking forward to finding out more about the Bikeability scheme and trying out the training first hand.”

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