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Uncertain future for Cycling England and Bikeability

Monday 23rd August 2010

Cycling England and Bikeability face an uncertain future because of government funding cuts, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Cycling England is responsible for Bikeability, which was launched in 2007 as the successor to the Cycling Proficiency Test and provides formal training to more than 200,000 children every year. However, there are rumours that Cycling England will not survive the ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: ”Cycle training is very important and cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users.

“While we recognise in the current economic climate nothing can be ring fenced, not even road safety, we do want to encourage people to cycle.”

A spokesperson for the DfT, added: “The Cabinet Office is reviewing all arms length bodies and an announcement will be made in due course.

“The government is absolutely committed to supporting sustainable travel initiatives - including cycling - and we are in the process of considering how this best can be achieved.”

Click here to read the full Telegraph article.


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