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Safer cycling for school children
Three counties are set to get more than 100,000 in total to provide cycling training for children.

The cash comes from the government's 140m "Bikeability" scheme promoting cycling as safe, sustainable travel.

The training supports the new National Cycle Training Standard being promoted in the country by Cycling England.

Hampshire will receive a 100,000 grant, Oxfordshire, 15,000, Slough Borough Council and West Berkshire District council will get 10,000.

'Healthier lifestyles'

The South East region as a whole will get 415,082.

This training is aimed at teaching children "essential road safety skills while gaining greater awareness of the dangers on the road".

Transport minister Rosie Winterton said: "Encouraging cycling also encourages healthier lifestyles.

"Considering obesity now affects around one quarter of adults and 1 in 10 children, encouraging people to take exercise has never been more important.

"At the same time congestion is getting worse.

"If parents can be satisfied their children can cycle safely they are more likely to let them use their bikes."



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