Multimillion Pound Government Funding Boost For Children’s Cycle Training

22 November 2019

Giant News

The Bikeability program, which is the modern day cycling proficiency scheme, is to get further funding after it celebrates teaching 3 million children bike safety skills.

More school children across England will now learn essential cycling skills thanks to a £13 million government investment in Bikeability, following a record year for the cycle training programme.

Bikeability training is offered at 3 levels based on a child’s age and experience. Training starts with basic bike-handling skills in a traffic-free, controlled environment and builds to managing a variety of traffic conditions on different types of roads.

Around 400,000 children had completed the scheme in the year up to April 2019 while the total number trained since Bikeability was launched in 2006 has now reached 3 million.

The funding, announced in October by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, will ensure the programme is able to continue for another year. This means approximately 50% of primary schools across England will be able to access the programme and it has been shown that children that cycle regularly are more likely to become active adults that are confident and safe cyclists.

As a result of this, the kids bike market is expected to grow rapidly and here at Giant, we love to see kids discovering the joy and benefits cycling can bring.

Our range of ARX bikes are designed to ensure kids fall in love with cycling from the first turn of the pedals. Whilst most youth bikes are constructed with heavier frames and materials, we designed the ARX to be lighter, quicker and more fun for young riders. The fact is, smaller riders can benefit even more from a lighter bike. With its ALUXX aluminium frame and fork, ARX is the lightest bike in its category - which makes it more fun to ride.

The frame features a lower centre of gravity for added stability. It comes in three different wheel size choices for different heights, and has versatile tyres that can handle rough roads, paths and even some dirt. The frame is fitted with lightweight components that are sized specifically for young riders, including cranksets and cockpit components for various wheel options (16, 20, and 24).

To view the Giant range of kids bikes, click here.

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