Bikeability cycle training
The new standard for cycle training is the Bikeability award scheme. To get their Bikeability award, children and adults are instructed on how to ride their bikes to the Government approved National Standard for Cycle training, which sets out the training and skills essential for making cycling trips in today’s conditions. This national standard means young people wanting to cycle are taught the essential procedures and skills they need to cycle safely. The standard has been developed by over 20 organisations and is maintained by the professional body for cycle training, the Cycle Training Reference Group.
Children and adults are instructed over three levels to get their Bikeability award:
Level 1 usually takes places in a traffic free environment, teaching the skills necessary to make a trip and undertake activities safely without cars, and as a pre-requisite to a road trip.
Level 2 takes place on quiet roads, with real traffic conditions, teaching students the skills necessary to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads.
Level 3 is covered on busy roads incorporating real traffic conditions and advanced road features, teaching the skills necessary to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on busy roads using complex junctions and road features.
If you want to arrange cycle training for your child or child’s school, first contact your local council’s cycling officer. Cycle training is often funded by the local authority for schools in the area and it may be possible for you to arrange individual training from this funding. Visiting your local authority's website and doing a search for 'cycle training' will usually bring up more information and a contact.
Cycle training organisations such as Cycle Training UK will usually provide training for schools. Cycle training can now be taught as part of physical education lessons.
Find out more on the Bikeability website.