Bikeability

bikeability

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:

Bikeability - 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

Bikeability - 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

Bikeability - 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