Cycle Training for Children

Cycle training helps make children more confident and safe on two wheels – and gives parents peace of mind too.

Bikeability in England, N Ireland and Wales

What has replaced the old cycling proficiency scheme?

  • Bikeability is the ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century; the new national training standard designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

How many levels are there for Bikeability training?

  • There are three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve trainees’ cycling skills, no matter what they know already.
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.

What skills will my child learn at each level of Bikeability?

  • Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike.
  • Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2.
  • Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school.
  • Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more challenging traffic situations. For more information about the skills covered for each level visit

Success with Bikeability

  • Hundreds of thousands of young cyclists have already received Bikeability training and have been awarded coveted Bikeability badges and certificates.  (source

Where can my child learn to cycle?

  • Bikeability training is usually delivered via schools. If you are a parent interested, contact your child’s school to see if they are already signed up.
  • Otherwise visit to find out about Bikeability providers and for more information for parents.

How can I become a cycling instructor for Bikeability?

Bikeability in Scotland

Who is responsible for national standard cycle training in Scotland?

  • Bikeability Scotland is managed by Cycling Scotland, the national organisation for cycling promotion, on behalf of the Bikeability Scotland Delivery Group.

Where can I find out more about cycle training in Scotland?


How can Sustrans help?

  • Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is a registered provider of Bikeability training in the UK.

Can adults learn to cycle too?

  • Cycle training is not just for kids – and Sustrans can provide training in workplaces as well as in schools.

How can I find out more about Sustrans?

Cycling UK

Who are the Cycling UK and can they help with training?

  • Cycling UK charity are ‘the cyclists’ champion’. They were formerly known as the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC).
  • They do many things to support cyclists including the provision of Bikeability training, specialist/inclusive cycle training and training for trainers.

How can I find out more? Visit

Regional Cycle Training Providers

Please let us know if you are a cycle training organisation (UK or overseas) and would like your details to be included here.

Cycle Training UK
  • Cycle Training UK is a workers’ co-operative based in London who have trained over 80,000 people to cycle skilfully and confidently on roads.
  • As well as delivering urban cycling sessions to individuals, schools, workplaces and organisations, they offer maintenance sessions, instructor courses and driver training.
  • Find out more at
Cycle Leeds
  • Provide Bikeability cycle training in Leeds, UK.
  • Training is for all ages. They also offer bike maintenance training
  • Find out more at

Resource Tip:

Bikeability is the national standard for cycle training in the UK

two boys cycling

Pupils learning to cycle

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