We welcome the government’s renewed commitment to active travel in the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS2), including £4 billion of investment through to 2025 to deliver the Government’s Gear Change plan.
It is the government’s ambition to double the number of people cycling by 2025. To ensure the next generation of cyclists are confident and safe on our roads, more investment is needed to deliver cycle training.
As more people choose to cycle and scoot, whether that be human powered or with electric assist, approved training programmes need to be in place to ensure that active travellers can share the road safely with other users. With a 3,000 strong workforce of qualified, expert instructors, Bikeability is ideally placed to deliver all cycle training programmes including micromobility.
Bikeability will be a crucial link in the chain that drives the active travel revolution. I urge the government to confirm the multi-year funding settlement for Bikeability training. Our instructors are ready to deliver on this ambition and we must not risk losing their commitment in uncertain economic and political times.