A £460,000 contract to deliver free Bikeability cycle training to primary school pupils across Cambridgeshire has been awarded by the County Council.
Cambridge based company Outspoken won the contract to deliver the training over the next three years.
This means thousands of school children will get free training as part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s commitment to encourage more people on their bikes and improve safety.
The Council were successful in securing funding from the Department for Transport to allow child cycle training to be offered free across the county as from 1st September 2012.
Outspoken was established in 2005 by cycling enthusiasts Rob and Peter King. The business has steadily grown and offers a range of services that promote cycling. Their cycle based courier company is the largest of its kind in the UK.
The team of instructors are fully trained and accredited professionals who share a passion for cycling.
Bikeability is cycle training to the national standards, and involves a period of playground skills before the riders are then taken out onto the road to master techniques such as positioning and turning into and out of junctions.
Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet member for Growth and Planning said “Equipping our young people with the skills to ride their bikes safely and confidently on the road is of great importance. Cycling is a fun and practical way for children to be active. The County Council looks forward to working with Outspoken to get lots of young, safe, responsible cyclists trained up.”
Cycling Champion, Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis, said: “Cycling is a great way to improve health and reduce congestion, therefore boosting the local economy. Giving our youngsters the right training at an early age gives them confidence to ride their bikes and enjoy cycling. I have been to visit Outspoken and I am very impressed with their commitment to bringing high quality and enjoyable training for our schools.”