Cyclist training is usually the first time children get guided education about being a road user. They are introduced to skills that they will continue to use as they become older and become drivers and motorcycle riders.
The Road Safety Team manages the delivery of Bikeability (http://bikeability.dft.gov.uk/) within many Suffolk schools.
Referred to as “Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century”, Bikeability is a practical cycling course delivered at 3 different levels. It covers bike handling skills, observation and forward planning, risk management, and sharing the road with other road users.
A joint Level 1 and 2 course is offered to schools with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils (10 or 11 years old), and this is generally delivered to groups of up to 12 trainees, with 2 hours on the playground and then 6 hours riding on roads. This is delivered within school time. Currently there are over 4000 students being trained annually within Suffolk.
Level 3 Bikeability is offered to students in Year 7 or Year 8 in the Upper/High schools. It is done in very small groups and, over approximately 3 hours, looks at the routes the trainees want to ride, taking in more complex junctions and urban features. It also looks at route planning. Level 3 is, at the moment, limited in its delivery, with between 50 and 100 students getting training.
All trainers delivering Bikeability on behalf of Suffolk County Council Road Safety Team are qualified National Standard Cycling Instructors, and are fully CRB checked.
If your school would like to start running Bikeability, or have questions about ANY cyclist training please contact us