Funding to get more children cycling and walking to school

The government has announced a new million-pound programme to get more students and their families physically active in time for Bike to School Week.

Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said that a new million-pound programme will see cycle repair workshops set up in primary schools and local neighbourhoods to make sure students’ bikes are fit for the road.

As part of government plans, ‘Doctor Bike’ clinics will be rolled out next month, targeting areas where children, including those with disabilities, are more likely to need support in getting their bikes roadworthy for regular use on the school run.

A further £1 million has also been announced to boost the number of children walking to school. The Walk to School Outreach Programme – which has already generated four million new walking trips – is being extended to roll out further measures to support walking. This includes tackling the barriers that may prevent children and their families choosing to walk to and from school, as well as providing schools with classroom materials and access to local coordinators who can help schools get new walking initiatives up and running.

Heaton-Harris said: “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 as normal as getting the bus or train. 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!”

Bike to School Week is running from 28 September to 2 October. Walk to School Week will run from 5 October to 9 October.