The Bikeability Trust and Frog Bikes have announced a new partnership for 2020 to help more children access Bikeability training. The programme funded by The Department for Transport has now helped over three million children access vital cycle skills since its launch in 2007.
The partnership will enable all Bikeability providers to have access to Frog Bikes at discounted prices in order to support cycle training across England.
“Riding a bike is a fun and rewarding experience for children, and something that we want every child to be able to enjoy. Our partnership with Frog Bikes will allow even more children to benefit from cycle training.”, said Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust
Schools have shown concern on the back of the Covid-19 lockdown with regards to lack of access to loan bikes and the rise in bike ownership nationwide, as there is potential for vulnerable children to be left behind their peers. This partnership will help schools to offer cycle training to the entire school community. Additionally, it will ensure support for the Government’s “Gear Change” walking and cycling strategy.
“Enabling Bikeability providers’ access to our world leading children’s bikes is a great step to seeing every child take safely to the road, and we are excited to develop our partnership with the Bikeability Trust.”, said Jerry Lawson, Founder of Frog Bikes.
Frog Bikes’ Research & Development team have worked with sports scientists at Brunel University to develop children specific bicycle ranges. With everything in mind from the bike geometry to the quality, Frog Bike’s aim is to make a child’s experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Tom Korff, Head of Research and Development at Frog Bikes, explains, “Our bikes are not scaled down adult bikes, as children are not miniature adults. At Frog, we put the child into the centre and design our bikes around the child’s unique anatomy and his/her unique needs”.
Last year saw the government pledge £13 million towards the Bikeability scheme to ensure its continuation for another year. The funding aimed to give children from 50% of England’s primary schools access to the programme.