Cycling and Walking Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:
“Cycling and walking is good for people and the planet’s health, so we want half of all journeys being cycled or walked by 2030. To do that, we must encourage young people to see cycling and walking as normal as getting the bus or train.
“This funding will support schools and local communities to get more children walking to school and set up bike surgeries that will help children get their bikes ready to roll - so they can start their day healthy and happy!”
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“Every child should be able to walk to school safely and enjoy the fresh air, freedom, friendship and fun that it brings.
“We are delighted that this new funding will help us support more families to choose walking, and cut congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution across the country.
“It’s vital that we scale up for walking to protect children and families from the physical and social isolation the pandemic has brought, and to tackle the twin epidemics of loneliness and obesity.”