Bikeability can give the opportunity for children to learn how to cycle safely on busy roads using the 3 levels that include learning to cycle, learning to cycle on local streets and learning to cycle at busier junctions and planning safe routes.

Bikeability is coached by a qualified bikeability instructor, this course includes 3 levels shown below:

Level 1

New riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. At Level 1 you can:

prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
get on and off your bike without help
start off, pedal and stop with control
pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
look all around and behind, and control the bike
share space with pedestrians and other cyclists

Level 2

This takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. At Level 2 you can:

prepare for on-road cycling
start and finish an on-road journey
recognise typical hazards
let others know what you are about to do
know where to ride on the road
pass parked vehicles and side roads

Level 3

This equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. Level 3 training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school. At Level 3 you can:

prepare for a journey
understand advanced road positioning
pass queuing traffic
perceive and deal with hazards
understand driver blind spots
react to hazardous road surfaces

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