Sunday, 4 November 2007

KCC NOT PROVIDING PROPER CYCLE TRAINING TO YOUNG PEOPLE

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4th November 2007 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org.uk
01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192

Kent Green Party is reliably informed that Kent County Council is providing cycle training well below the standard necessary to help young people stay safe when cycling. KCC is not using the Government’s national scheme, despite the grant which is provided, unlike Medway. This undermines the Kent Transport Strategy, which has emphasis upon encouraging more cycling. Steve Dawe reports:
“Kent Green Party has been informed that KCC is running short one day cycle training courses for which it charges £15 (soon to rise to £18). These courses are not being run under the Government’s national scheme, under which far more training is provided. Medway uses the Government scheme, gets a grant, and does not charge youngsters or their families for cycling proficiency training.
“KCC should address this anomaly in the cause of reducing traffic congestion. It needs a proper cycling officer, an adequate number of fully trained cycling trainers, to adopt the national scheme, and to put the safety of young people cycling amongst road safety priorities.”

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

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