PRIMARY and secondary schools across Barnsley will see their pupils receive cycling lessons thanks to new funding.

The Bikeability Trust is the national charity for Bikeability, the government’s cycle education programme.

It’s a progressive programme in which trainees first master cycle handling skills in traffic-free environments then develop the skills and confidence to cycle on local roads and simple junctions, before tackling often busier, multi-lane roads and complex junctions.

This programme is delivered across primary and secondary schools across the borough helping to improve confidence and skills in cycling to support our borough to be more active and increase active travel.

A grant has now been secured meaning the scheme will continue in Barnsley over the next few years.

A report states: “The Bikeability project can only be delivered by an approved, registered organisation with qualified staff.

“The grant is allocated to the council on an annual basis and is subject to change.

“In 2024/2025 the allocated grant is £186,440 with likely extension in future year 2025/26 making the contract value £372,880.

“The funding is distributed to the delivery organisation based up completion of monitoring information.”