Bikes for bus passes scheme to get kids into cycling

Bikes for bus passes scheme to get kids into cycling

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Lucy Golding

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Bikes for bus passes scheme to get kids into cycling
Cllr Phil Bicknell is working to implement the scheme

A cycling scheme to encourage school kids to get on their bikes instead of the bus is due to be rolled out in September.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is looking to launch the pilot scheme in a small number of schools for children aged 10 and over who qualify for free travel.

The schools will gain funding to enable the children to purchase bikes as well as cycling safety equipment.

Cycling proficiency training will also be provided for the children by Sustrans, a charity dedicated to promoting healthier, cleaner and greener journeys to school and work.

If successful the scheme will be offered to more schools in the borough.

Cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Phillip Bicknell said: “The aim of the pilot cycling scheme is to increase confidence and independence, road safety awareness and a more environmentally friendly form of transport while at the same time reducing traffic congestion at the school gate.”

The scheme was formulated in response to resident's views on proposed changes to the home-to-school and post-16 transport policies.

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