Cycle training for children
Most cycle training (or Bikeability) for children is delivered free in schools and follows the National Standards for Cycle Training.
What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is a three tier training scheme to teach you how to cycle safety and confidently on the road with respect for other road users. The three different levels are as follows:
- Level 1 - conducted in a controlled environment away from roads and traffic. Cyclists are usually trained in groups of 3-12 riders, although individual training may be available. Provides the basic cycle control skills including, starting and pedalling, stopping, manoeuvring, signalling and using gears.
- Level 2 - On-road training for those who have completed Level 1 and are ready to progress; it gives real cycling experience and makes trainees feel safer and capable of dealing with traffic on short commuting journeys or when cycling to school. Training is mainly in small groups over a number of sessions.
- Level 3 - develops the basic skills and trains riders to make journeys in a variety of traffic conditions competently, confidently and consistently. Cyclists reaching the Level 3 standard will be able to deal with all types of road conditions and more complex situations. The course covers dealing with hazards, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling.
In schools Levels 1 and 2 are often delivered in years 5 or 6 and Level 3, where it is available, in Y8 or 9.
How to get training
Bikeability in Reading is provided by CTC.
Ask your school about cycle training. The local authority may also be able to help. Othewise contact an independent instructor - we have a list of all the NS instructors listed with CTC.
If you can't find the training you need call CTC's Cycle Training Helpline on 0844 736 8460.