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 www.bikeability.org.uk
Success with Bikeability
- Hundreds of thousands of young cyclists have already received Bikeability training and have been awarded coveted Bikeability badges and certificates. (source bikeability.org.uk)
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 www.bikeability.org.uk to find out about Bikeability providers and for more information for parents.
How can I become a cycling instructor for Bikeability?
- If you are, or would like to become, a cycling instructor visit the Bikeability professionals’ website at www.professionals.bikeability.org.uk
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?
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 www.cyclinguk.org
Regional Cycle Training Providers
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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 www.cycletraining.co.uk
- Provide Bikeability cycle training in Leeds, UK.
- Training is for all ages. They also offer bike maintenance training
- Find out more at www.cycleleeds.org.uk