The following information is provided by BikeRight and aims to answer any questions you may have.
Bikeability is the nationally recognised cycle training programme.
It’s about acquiring the practical skills to cycle safely and with confidence on today’s roads.
Prior to commencing Bikeability there are 2 other funded options available:
Bikeability Balance for children in Reception and Year1. Bikes and helmets are always provided for these sessions
Bikeability Learn To Riders - for non riders normally in year 3 upwards
For children to participate in school Bikeability training, they must have basic riding skills (without stabilisers).
There are three Bikeability levels.
Level 1 is designed to give your child control over his / her bike and takes place in groups in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park.
Level 2 will ensure your child is prepared for short journeys such as cycling to school. Training takes place in small groups on quiet, local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience.
Level 3 is recommended for older children and adults. Trainees are equipped with skills needed for more challenging roads and traffic situations. Training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs. Route planning is also covered, making this ideal for getting advice on and then practicing a school or work commute.
What does my child need to take part in Bikeability?
In terms of equipment, your child will need a bike which is in a roadworthy condition, the right size for them, have pumped up tyres and two working brakes. Instructors will show children how to check their bikes at the start of the first session and will ensure that your child’s bike is safe for training purposes. BMX bikes are permitted in most circumstances so long as the bike has working brakes, and has not been adapted to the extent that it is no longer suitable for use on the road. The instructors will have the final say on whether your child’s bike is safe for them to complete the training on but allowances will be made wherever possible.
What if my child does not have a bike?
BikeRight may be able to arrange for your child to borrow a bike for the training. Please check this with your school.
Can my child share their bike with a child who does not have one?
Yes, with your permission.
What should my child wear to take part in Bikeability?
In most cases, your child may wear their normal school clothes, suitable for the season and weather. Excessively loose clothes may be hazardous and should be avoided. In colder months, warm layers and gloves are recommended. High visibility tabards will be provided by BikeRight.
Does my child need a cycle helmet?
Helmets must be worn on all sessions.
My child is not able to participate in Bikeability. Can he/she do it outside school time?
In many councils, BikeRight run free holiday courses that cover the same outcomes as the Bikeability school courses. Children are welcome to join these whether or not they have done training at school. Check out the services the council offers on the BikeRight website at www.bikeright.co.uk
What will my child receive on completion of Bikeability training?
Children who successfully complete Bikeability training are awarded a badge and certificate.
My child didn’t complete the Bikeability training. What happens now?
Your child will be given some feedback from their instructor on areas that need a bit more work. It is recommended that you discuss these with your child so that they can be clear on how they can improve their skills and confidence. You might be able to help your child practice these areas, or you might want to sign them up for further free training or holiday courses. Check out the BikeRight website at www.bikeright.co.uk for details.
My child has completed Level 2. What next?
Bikeability is the gateway to all kinds of fun experiences by bike – the training is just the start! If your child is interested in cycling and wants to do more, they might want to join a local cycling club for BMXing, mountain biking or racing. Ask your child’s Bikeability instructor for advice on which groups are good for junior members and beginners.
A great way to practise the Bikeability training your child has received is to try cycling as a family (family training sessions may also available through BikeRight), or let them cycle independently to school or the local shops.
Is there free cycle training available for adults?
Yes, some councils offer free individual or group training for adults and this can be a great way to understand better what your child has been taught and support them towards independent cycling. See the BikeRight website at www.bikeright.co.uk for more infromation