Walking & Cycling Action Plan for Wales
Cycle training was omitted from the draft Action Plan for Wales. This
is an extract from the CTC’s submission (with acknowledgement to
Roger Geffen, Campaigns & Policy Manager), for delivery of cycle training to the
National Standard. A survey for Transport for London of 2,300 participants in
training provided by the London-based organisation Cycle Training UK achieved a 25% response
rate, and showed that typically just two hours’ of National Standard cycle training can yield the
81% of trainees cycle more or more confidently now than they did before training.
After training people cycle further and more frequently:
The number of people cycling average journeys of 3-5 miles are up by 79%.
The number of bike trips people make is up by 144% (from 0.9 to 2.2 trips per week).
The number of people cycling all year round is up by 40%.
(see “Cycle Training Works” by Cycle Training UK, www.cycletraining.co.uk/resources/CycleTrainingWorks.pdf).
Making progress on cycle training is particularly important in Wales, given that the levels of
provision for (and participation in) cycle training are well below the UK average, as the following
Cycle training provision for children: April 2003.
Authorities offering Authorities offering Authorities offering
no training off-road training only on-road training
(based on national
Wales 2 15 5
Percentage 9% 68% 23%
(CTC 2003 5% 45% 50%
A more recent survey by GlaxoSmithKline (Easter 2004) found that provision of cycle training at
schools in Wales was the lowest in the UK, with only 10% of parents able to report that their
children had received any support. For adults, the picture is also poor – just two authorities (9% of
Welsh authorities) offer adult cycle training.
Cycle training can be presented in conjunction with a variety of different partners, in order to target
it at different needs and population groups. It can be offered –
through schools, colleges and youth groups to reach children and teenagers;
through the health sector to those needing to increase their physical activity levels for health
through job centres and regeneration agencies to help tackle transport-related social
exclusion, e.g. the difficulties in accessing employment or training opportunities often faced by
lower income groups living in poorly connected locations;
to employees as part of green travel plans, as well as by local authorities for the population at
large, working in partnership with the voluntary sector and/or the health sector as appropriate.