BIKEABILITY IN SCHOOLS
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
Bikeability is the only government-recognised cycle training scheme, underpinned by national standards. Cycle training providers delivering Bikeability must use professional National Standard Instructors and operate within our quality assurance system. Bikeability is therefore a quality mark for cycle training, identifying cycle training delivered to the highest standards.
The Cyclewise Bikeability team are all fully qualified 'National Standard Instructors' and as an 'Accredited Bikeability Centre' we are able to give out badges and certificates to all trainees taking part.
Our instructors are also fully enhanced DBS checked and also hold many other coaching, leadership and maintenance qualifications and regularly undertake many other courses to ensure their continual professional development and enhance our reputation as one of the most qualified training providers in the U.K. Our instructors all live in Cumbria and know the roads and area very well and above all they are all regular cyclists and very passionate about what they do. They are extremely proud and excited to be developing the cyclists of the future.
There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
At Level 1 new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. At Level 1 you can:
prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
get on and off your bike without help
start off, pedal and stop with control
pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
look all around and behind, and control the bike
share space with pedestrians and other cyclists
Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. At Level 2 you can:
prepare for on-road cycling
start and finish an on-road journey
recognise typical hazards
let others know what you are about to do
know where to ride on the road
pass parked vehicles and side roads
Level 3 equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. Level 3 training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school. At Level 3 you can:
prepare for a journey
understand advanced road positioning
pass queuing traffic
perceive and deal with hazards
understand driver blind spots
react to hazardous road surfaces
Bikeability trained cyclists receive a badge and a certificate in recognition of the level they’ve achieved. The certificate also includes areas for further practice noted by the instructor.
Bikeability is funded by the Department of Transport and has been running for 10 years. Cyclewise has been delivering the scheme in Cumbria in partnership with Cumbria County Council for the last 10 years and during that time we have successfully trained over 40,000 children.
We also enjoy the opportunity to get involved with other Cycling initiatives in the County and pride ourselves in the fact that our instructors always go that extra mile to make sure each child / adult receives the best possible cycling experience.
Bikeability Levels 1 & 2 will be delivered to children in Cumbria when they are either in Year 5 or Year 6. Please do not hesitate to contact us or your school to find out when that training will be taking place.
Please contact us or check out www.bikeability.org.uk if you have any questions regarding the Bikeability Scheme.