What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
There are 3 levels of Bikeability. A child in the Bradford District will typically start Bikeability lessons in years 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.
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 7,000 young cyclists have been trained and hundreds 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 training.
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
Who to Contact
If you are interested in becoming a Bikeability school please contact Aubrey Cooper on 01274 432880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle Training Questions and Answers
What levels of training are available?
Bradford Council provides a combined Level 1 and Level 2 course and for more experienced riders a Level 3 course.
How much does Bikeability training cost?
Training is generally free of charge but schools must fulfill certain criteria.
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.
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.
How many children can a school have trained for free?
A school must provide at least 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. Please select from the links below.
Helmet and Cycle Check
Bikeability Exercise Manual
Bikeability Lesson Plans
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