What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is ‘cyclist training’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation of riders the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
We constantly review our 'Offer' and have a suite of Bikeability training that we can offer Schools, Community Groups and members of the public.
Learn To Ride
Bikeability 1,2 and 3
We apply for funding to deliver other Bikeability modules and these may become available at various times throughout the year please drop an email to the Bikeability coordinator to enquire.
Our scheme is 'Fully Inclusive' we work with the broadest spectrum in society and we include everyone regardless of ability. Schools and individuals are encouraged to make contact in order to discuss the options available especially if the participant
has special needs.
A child in the Bradford District will typically start Bikeability lessons in years 4, 5, 6 or 7, progressing through Level 1 in their first session and then completing Level 2 in sessions 2 and 3. Certificates and shiny luminous badges are awarded to children
who successfully complete each level. Level 3 can be completed when the cyclist has gained more experience of cycling.
In a school setting our team of instructors have the flexibility to tailor the training to fit the school and pupils. When we are onsite and in dialogue with Teachers we will adapt the programme to best fit the development of the participants. We will
encourage progression through as many of the levels as is possible within the skill set of the pupil and the time frame given.
Bikeability was developed by more than 20 professional organisations including the Royal Society for Prevention against Accidents and is supported by cross-Government departments including the Department for Transport, Department of Health and Department
for Children, Schools and Families.
So far, more than 3 million young cyclists have been trained across the country and thousands of coveted Bikeability badges have been awarded. The ultimate vision is that no child should leave primary school without the opportunity to take part in Bikeability
The Three Levels
There’s a Bikeability level to match every ability, whether you’re just starting out or already have some good skills and just want to use your bike more safely and more often. You might start from the beginning at Level 1 and train all the way through to
Level 3, or you might dive in with Level 3 if you already have lots of cycling experience. It’s important to remember that there’s always something new to learn, and that the right level of Bikeability training will help you to develop the best habits that
will keep you safe whenever you cycle.
During Level 1, you learn to control and master your bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic - usually in a playground or closed car park.
During Level 2, you will get out on to the roads. Level 2 gives you the confidence and cycling experience so the you are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or to friends.
During Level 3, you will gain the skills and confidence to tackle busier roads. It deals with route planning and, depending on what you need, can include roundabouts, A roads, traffic lights, filtering through slow or stationary traffic and turning into
There maybe specific challenges that have risen due to the pandemic. We will continue to deliver the training where possible using the latest Government and Industry guidance.
Who to Contact
If you are interested in becoming a Bikeability school please contact Aubrey Cooper on 01274 432880 or email email@example.com. alternatively firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle Training Questions and Answers
What levels of training are available?
Bradford Council provides the suite of Bikeability activities as mentioned above.
How much does Bikeability training cost?
Training is generally free of charge but schools must fulfill certain criteria.(see below)
How long will the training take?
The Combined Level 1 & 2 course is 9 hours long and is generally delivered over 2 school days. The course can be delivered over a different time frame in consultation with the Co-ordinator but that may incur a charge. The Level 3 training is structured
differently please contact the Co-ordinator for further information. Remember further adaptations can be accomodated when we are onsite.
Does the school need to assist with the running of a Bikeability course?
Yes. A school must send out permission slips and other associated paperwork and provide assistance where a child may have a disability or learning need.
What Equipment is required?
The children need to bring their own working bike and helmet. We can often loan bikes and helmets for children to borrow but they are subject to availability. If equipment is borrowed it will stay on the school site for the duration of the training. We
also support children with special needs please inform either the co-ordinator or the instructors.
How many children can a school have trained for free?
A school must provide a minimum of 10 children for a course to run but for efficiency 12 children is best. There are no limits to the number of courses a school can book within a year.
Are there any booklets available with course?
Yes. Booklets are provided to the participants once the training has commenced.
Covid 19 could impact on our training offer, please make contact and discuss your requirements.
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