A NEW drive is being made to help thousands of schoolchildren learn to cycle safely.

Retail chain Halfords and the Bikeability Trust, the national charity for cycling training, have launched a partnership to help 25,000 more children of primary school age in England access safe cycling programmes.

The initiative follows a survey commissioned by Halfords, which shows that 56% of parents want cycling safety added to the national curriculum.

The research also found that a third of parents think there should be a cycling highway code for children.