Integration with Other Programmes
Cycle training schemes are most effective if they are an integral part of other programmes encouraging healthier lifestyles. This is potentially easier for local authority based scheme providers where course managers work within other areas on a daily basis. All scheme organisers can, however, benefit from the added value of being integrated with other programmes.
School Travel Planning and Safer Routes to School
Many school travel plans identify cycling as the preferred mode of travel for a majority of pupils. If schools do not already offer cycle training courses it can be identified in the action plan and funding support can be available for the provision of secure cycle storage and improvements on routes to school.
The National Healthy Schools Programme is a popular and well respected programme among schools promoting healthy lifestyles in line with the Every Child Matters agenda. School travel planning and the encouragement of walking and cycling to school is included in the Physical Activity section of accreditation under 3.7. Visit the Healthy Schools website for more information.
A number of local authorities employ Bike It Officers to work with clusters of schools specifically to promote cycling. Many schools involved have been able to show significant increases in numbers of pupils cycling to school. Visit the Bike It website for more information.
Go-Ride activities can include BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Biking, Road and Track Riding, and aims to encourage pupils to continue their cycling interests outside of school. Strong school-club links make sure that children are given the opportunity to become young members of local clubs, and develop a keen interest in their chosen aspect of sport or leisure cycling. Find out more about Go-Ride and Go-Ride clubs by visiting the Go-Ride pages at British Cycling.
Wheels to Work
This scheme aims to provide access to opportunities for individuals and groups who are experiencing difficulties in accessing training, employment and/or educational opportunities because of a lack of suitable public or private transport. Whilst primarily focussing on providing powered two wheel transport, a number of organisations are providing bicycles to young people and offering cycle training.