The National Cycle Training Standards
The National Cycle Training Standard was developed by over 20 organisations and is maintained by the professional body for cycle training, the Cycle Training Standards Board (CTSB). All members of the CTSB, including BikeRight!, are the UK’s leading bodies in cycling.
By establishing the National Standards, the Government has set out a nationwide, uniform programme of formal cycle training which will reassure those wanting to cycle that they have been instructed in the essential skills and procedures wherever they live in England.
The National Standards are based upon 4 main principles
1. Cycle training should be delivered in realistic conditions
This means delivering cycle training on the road. In the late 1990s research instigated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggested that cycle training undergone primarily on the road gave better results than trying to duplicate this training in a traffic free location.
2. Train people in such a way that they can understand the parameters of cycling in traffic and make the decisions themselves
The training takes place in real conditions with the instructor presenting the parameters and guiding the trainees to make the correct decisions regarding positioning and how and when to cycle.
3. Increasing complexity both of outcomes, training venues and environment
The cycle training must be delivered mainly on road, but as the skill of the trainee progresses individuals must be moved to more demanding situations both in traffic conditions and manoeuvres performed. This change in conditions is needed to continuously test and improve skills.
4. Not to give strict guidelines on how to perform manoeuvres
As the road environment changes so should a cyclist’s road positioning and movement change. The basis of high quality cycle training is to give trainees the skills to decide how to perform each manoeuvre, or part of a trip dependent upon the parameters that trainees can observe and assess.
The Cycle Training Standards Board (CTSB) was formed in February 2007 by the Department for Transport as the custodian body of the National Standards for Cycle Training.
The National Standards are the Government approved standards for cycle training in the UK.
There are a number of key organisations who are members of the CTSB's executive group and the CTSB also operates a number of working groups comprised of other key stakeholders such as Transport for London, National Standards training providers, instructor training providers and instructors and other cycling partner organisations such as the CTC, British Cycling and Sustrans.