Northamptonshire’s Bikeability programme - which helps thousands of school pupils discover the joys of cycling – has received national recognition.
The Northamptonshire scheme was runner up in the ‘Local Authority of the Year’ category at the inaugural Bikeability Awards for its collaboration with Outspoken Training.
The winners were announced at the Bikeability Trust’s annual conference, which was held in London on Thursday, 17 May.
Bikeability is an updated version of the cycling proficiency scheme many parents may be familiar with from their childhood.
Commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Highways, the programme is paid for from Department for Transport grant funding and is delivered by Outspoken Training, whose contract has just been renewed.
Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that our scheme has been victorious in beating off national competition to win the award.
“Teaching the next generation the skills to be able to cycle more safely is enormously important, particularly as we want to encourage more sustainable forms of transport now and in the future. Well done to all involved.”
The scheme is aimed at Reception class-aged primary school pupils, who can learn the basics of balance, up to Year 9 students who can develop skills in relatively complex traffic situations such as negotiating roundabouts.
In the financial year 2017-2018 more than 4,100 pupils from about 200 schools received training across the county.