To promote safe on road cycling encouraging children to get on their bikes for leisure or to make a journey on their first road vehicle, Bikeability gives them the confidence and necessary cycle skills to deal with real traffic and promotes sustainable travel where possible to and from school as well as for other short journeys.
Bikeability is the modern and advanced cycling tuition replacement for the old cycling proficiency scheme, the main difference being that it is taught by professional instructors who are qualified cyclists and all manoeuvres are demonstrated first by the instructor prior to being replicated by the trainee. Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council is a Bikeability scheme provider.
If your child has asked to participate in Bikeability training, you can find out more about preparing for the training here.
There are 3 core Bikeability Levels. B&NES Council offers Level 1 (Off-road) and Level 2 (On-road) courses as during school, after-school and holiday tuition. In addition to the core modules, there are a range of Bikeability Plus modules that may be offered locally.
Level 1 and Level 2 combined training is aimed at children in years 5-6 and each course is 10 hours long (usually delivered in two sessions).
|During Level 1 Bikeability training, trainees learn to control and master their bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park. Trainees will usually be trained in groups of 12.|
|Trainees that complete level 1 training will then move on to Level 2. Level 2 Bikeability training takes place on quiet local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees will be taught how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school, the local shops or park. The training usually takes place in groups of 6-12.|
Trainees should be able to demonstrate the following skills to get their Level 1 or Level 2 badge and certificate:
- Carry out a simple bike check
- Get on their bike, start cycling, then stop and get off
- Ride their bike using the gears
- Make their bike go where they want it to, including moving around objects safely
- Control the bike with one hand
- Stop quickly if they need to
- Look all around when riding, including behind, without wobbling
- Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles and side roads
- Make a u-turn
- Identify and react to hazards in the road
- Signal your intentions to other road users when someone needs to know what you’re doing
- Understand where to ride on the road
- Use junctions, including turning left and right into major and minor roads
- Decide whether a cycle lane will help your journey
- Use the Highway Code, particularly when it comes to understanding road signs
The Level 1 and 2 combined courses costs £10 per head. Children that receive free school meals will be eligible for free in-school training.
If a trainee wishes to complete only Level 1 or Level 2 training, the cost will be £10 per head per course. Trainees wishing to complete just Level 2 training must be able to demonstrate all Level 1 outcomes before commencing training.