Tallinn will help school children buy a bike with 100 euros

Tallinn will help school children buy a bike with 100 euros

But first they will need to get a cyclist license

Last week, the municipal website of Tallinn announced that the local government had submitted a draft proposal to the city council for the subsidization of a “Cycling school”. The institution will grant cyclist licenses to children between the ages of 10 and 15 after they have completed the necessary course on road traffic rules. In addition, the City will grant each child who obtains the permit 100 euros help acquire a bike and thus popularize this type of mobility among the youngest.

The government allowance for aspiring cyclists will be given once only and must be claimed in the same year that the rider’s license was received. The child must also be a registered resident of the Estonian capital.

Measures to promote soft mobility and safety

Our goal is to increase the child safety in traffic, increase the number of cyclists among young people and promote healthy physical activity. Passing the rider test ensures that the child can choose the correct riding techniques and assess where it is safe to ride,” said Joosep Vimm, deputy mayor of Tallinn.

He continued: “The habit and skills of using a bicycle that have developed in a young person could stay with children for life. So that the price of a child’s bicycle is not an obstacle and gives an encouraging signal to buy a bike, we want to support the purchase of this vehicle as a city.

The total amount of the “Cycling School” project in 2022 is planned at 100,000 euros, which will be allocated from the second additional budget of the city this year. In order to make school environments safer, 1.5 million euros have been budgeted for Tallinn this year. The City is also building new bicycle parking lots.

The Tallinn Cycling Strategy 2018-2027 has set a target for cycling to reach 11% of all transport modes, including 25% of home-to-school trips. Increased bicycle traffic would reduce congestion in the city, clean the air and increase the habits of city dwellers.

Supporting the ‘Cycling School’ would also help achieve Tallinn’s goals as European Green Capital in 2023, improving the city’s quality of life and living environment by making it more environmentally friendly. .

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