During the Autumn Term, 36 of our Year 6 pupils participated in a two day Bikeability course where they learned many skills from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads. All the children who successfully completed the course were awarded a badge and certificate, either red for Level 1 or orange for Level 2. Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who took part!
Bikeability is underpinned by the National Standard for cycle training; a government-recognised set of principles for better and safer cycling. Bikeability is an improved, updated and more relevant version of the old cycling proficiency scheme, delivered by professional instructors.
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 three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve their cycling skills, no matter what they know already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees on a journey from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.
Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike. Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2. Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school. Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more challenging traffic situations, and is usually completed by children of secondary school age.
Hundreds of thousands of young cyclists have already received Bikeability training and have been awarded coveted Bikeability badges and certificates. We want as many children as possible to have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training, and it is estimated that more than 1.5 million will have been trained by March 2015.
Are you convinced? Here are some top tips to help you get started and make the most of all your cycling journeys.
Know your wheels
Here are our top tips for keeping your bike in tip-top condition:
Get geared up
Before you put your Bikeability into practice out on the streets, make sure you’ve got the right equipment – it doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money.
There are lots of other great ways in which young people can be encouraged to develop their interest in cycling further and here are just a few of them:
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