British Cycling recently launched its 10-point plan to transform Britain into a true cycling nation. The manifesto details how national and local government should be prioritising cycling as a form of transport.
The new manifesto, named Time to #ChooseCycling and launched at a reception in Parliament, sets out what needs to happen to get Britain cycling at even a fraction of the levels seen in the Netherlands and Denmark.
Point nine of the plan proposes that cycle training should be made available for all children by making it part of the National Curriculum. This follows on from British Cycling’s campaign in April 2013 urging its membership and all cyclists to push for cycling to be part of the national curriculum during a consultation on the content of the curriculum.
Bikeability is currently only available to 50% of children in England and even fewer in Wales. Cycling is a life skill and all children should have the opportunity to learn how to ride on the road. Making cycle training part of the national curriculum will give all children this opportunity.