WATCH: ITV Anglia's Emily Knight reports on the expansion of the Bikeability scheme.
The Cycling Minister has announced that bike safety scheme will be extended nationwide in a visit to a primary school in Daventry.
The initiative, known as 'Bikeability', is currently only offered at selected schools in England. Children on the course are taught fundamental bike handling and safety skills.
In a visit to Newnham Primary, Chris Heaton-Harris said that an extra 400,000 places will be offered on the scheme, meaning every child outside of London would be able to access the training.
He said the government sees the scheme as a way to meet their carbon emissions targets.
The government have also announced £20m in funding for local authorities to develop sustainable transport projects.
Norfolk County Council have received £496,000 from that pot, although they are the only authority in the Anglia region to benefit.
The extension of Bikeability has been supported by cycling groups, with representatives from Cycling UK and Sustrans backing the scheme.