Bikeability is the all new cycling training scheme for the 21st century. Many adults will remember doing their Cycling Proficiency Test and realise that cycling is healthy and fun but know it’s also necessary to learn how to do it safely. As children get older a bicycle becomes not just a toy but a mode of transport and an opportunity to be independent. Many people are not aware that it is illegal to cycle on the pavement and Bikeability is designed to introduce and educate cyclists how best to cycle safely and confidently on today’s roads. Bikeability will equip your child with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to cycle safely throughout the rest of their life.
Bikeability cycle training isn’t just for children. We also offer cycle training outside of school for all the family; from beginners to experienced cyclists. You can find more information here.
Your child will need some basic cycling skills in order to take part in the training. At the start of the training we expect the children to be able to:
The cycle training can be done on any sort of bike so long as it is roadworthy and has two brakes. Click here to view some quick & easy checks you can do to ensure your child’s bike is safe.
The course will take place in all but the most severe of weather so you should ensure that your child has warm and waterproof clothing especially gloves in the winter months. During the warm summer months please make sure your child has some sunscreen. We suggest that girls wear trousers or tracksuit bottoms when training.
More children cycling, more safely and more often has huge benefits. It will lead to improved health and fitness, reduced congestion and pollution and hopefully even more Olympic champions!
As parents, our natural instinct is to protect our children from any risks and danger. Like most things in life, cycling is not risk free but fortunately serious accidents are extremely rare. Any risks associated with cycling are far outweighed by the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. Cycling can help to combat the rising levels of childhood obesity and help establish the activity habit for later life.
Cycling also helps children develop a sense of responsibility and independence. Knowing your kids can cycle safely means that you can send them off on a bike ride during the school holidays to give you some peace and quiet!
Bikeability will equip your child with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to cycle safely throughout the rest of their life. And once they’ve learnt how to ride their bike and ride it safely, they will never forget.
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