In 2022, the Bikeability Trust increased its commitment to removing the barriers to cycle training by investing more than £1.4 million of Department for Transport funding to 44 projects that help children learn how to cycle.
The projects were aimed at children who are less likely to access Bikeability cycle training than their peers, to give every child the opportunity of learning to ride. The funding was used to increase participation amongst teenage girls, children from ethnic minority backgrounds, older children and children living in areas of deprivation.
More than 9000 children took part in Bikeability thanks to these creative, innovative, and inclusive projects that support children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds discover the joy of cycling. To enable more children to access Bikeability many projects took a tailored approach, providing bespoke sessions to suit the children who were taking part. These bespoke sessions proved successful with 72% of children felt fairly or very confident when cycling after Bikeability compared to 36% before.
Click here to see a summary of the Widening Participation Fund evaluation report or see the full report here.
Stories from our Bikeability champions
“I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. “
“It really is a joy to watch our son Josh cycle with a big smile on his face and it brings a tear of happiness to our eyes.”