As more families take to their bikes amidst 2020’s cycling boom, the Bikeability Trust has announced the winner of their #CycleMore2020 photo competition to coincide with the release of £235,000 funding from the Department of Transport to launch a new Bikeability Family cycle training module.
The Bikeability Trust encouraged families to share their cycling adventures on social media, using the hashtag #CycleMore2020, for their chance to win a prize. A judging panel featuring Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport; Jerry Lawson, CEO of Frog Bikes and Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust, selected their winning entry based on passion for cycling, originality and creativity. Juliet, the lucky winner, received £250 of vouchers for her entry, detailing her grand-daughter Ella’s first cycle ride with her family.
The competition was the latest example of families saddling up for more cycle rides together and, in response to this increase, the Bikeability Trust have successfully piloted and launched a new cycle training module Bikeability Family. This new, bespoke cycle training is specifically aimed at supporting families to develop their cycling skills and plan enjoyable group rides together.
Chris Heaton-Harris MP expressed his confidence in the impact that the new training module can have, boosted by his experience of judging the summer photo competition. “It was an honour to help choose the winner of the #CycleMore2020 photo competition and I’m also delighted to see the introduction of Bikeability Family into the Bikeability programme.
This will help to ensure that whole households benefit from the opportunity of cycle training – not just children. It also supports our longer term vision of ensuring that every adult and child who wants cycle training, has the opportunity to participate.”
Jerry Lawson said, “It was a delight to help judge the competition for the Bikeability Trust and we are excited for the launch of the new Bikeability Family cycle training programme, having seen the immense enjoyment that cycling together as a family can bring. The winning entry particularly practised the core Bikeability principles and showcased how much fun a day out on the bike can be.”
Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust, said “All of the families who took part in our Bikeability Family pilot agreed that the cycle training had helped improve their confidence to cycle, so we are delighted to be able to release funding for more families to experience the benefits that cycle training can bring. This is the latest step towards our vision to ensure that everyone has the skills to cycle confidently and competently on our roads.”