Cycle Training For Children - Level 3

Level 3 is for children who've completed Bikeability Levels 1 and 2 and want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions 

July 2020 Update

We are sorry if you're waiting for a reply to your booking request.  
We're working through the hundreds of requests we've received as quickly as possible, but there is only one person who can do this work and there are also many other duties to perform in order that we get the courses up and running again safely.

July and early August courses are now almost fully booked. So when you send your booking request please provide additional alternative late August dates to help us try to get you booked.

Due to all council staff being instructed to work from home for the foreseeable future, there is no active telephone number to field enquiries, so please do use the Road Safety email below to contact us and please be patient whilst waiting for a reply.  We do have hundreds of emails to get through in relation to Bikeability.

Thank you for your patience.

From 24 June 2020, in line with current Government Covid-19 guidance and the Bikeability Trust's updated Bikeability Guidance there has been a reduction in course ratios. Following social distancing rules and using additional PPE / sanitisation provisions we are now able to offer our Summer Holiday Kings Park programme, for both Level 1 & 2 courses and also Level 3 courses.

Please note we are having very high booking requests, due to so many summer term course cancellations.  Therefore please do give as many alternative dates and times as possible in order to avoid disappointment. We will work through bookings as quickly as possible but we may not be able to accommodate everyone's requests. Further weekend and autumn course dates will follow soon.

What's in the course?

Level 3 gives children the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions. This allows them to experience many different types of roads and more challenging traffic scenarios. 

The course covers responding to hazards, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments, passing queuing traffic, understanding advanced road positioning, hazard perception and strategies to deal with hazards, understanding driver blind spots, particularly for large vehicles, reacting to hazardous road surfaces and route planning for safer cycling.

Before you book your child on this course, please watch the Bikeability video, to understand the course outcomes and what is expected of your child during the course. This is not a course that your child should normally complete straight after completing Level 1 and 2 without any further practice. Level 3 is normally offered to secondary school children. However, if the instructor agrees, we may train children in Year 6 who excelled in Level 1 and 2 training. 

How long does the Level 3 course take?

The course takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

Next Course Dates - Summer Holidays 2020

  • Tue 28 Jul - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Fri 31 Jul - 13:30 - 16:00
  • Tue 4 Aug - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Thu 6 Aug - 13:30 - 16:00
  • Wed 12 Aug - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Fri 14 Aug - 13:30 - 16:00
  • Tue 18 Aug - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Wed 26 Aug - 13:30 - 16:00
  • Fri 28 Aug - 09:30 - 12:00

Who can book on a course

  • Children aged 11 or over who have previously completed their Level 1 & 2 course.
  • Children who live or go to school in Bournemouth as these courses are specifically for Bournemouth residents.  This is due to the BCP teams not having been merged yet as a result of the delays caused by Covid-19.  We do hope to be fully merged by the end of this financial year.  If you are a Christchurch resident please contact cyclechristchurch@hotmail.co.uk for details of their courses and cycling@bcpcouncil.gov.uk if you are a Poole resident.

To book on a course

Email road.safety@bcpcouncil.gov.uk with the following information giving us preferred course dates and the following information (please give as many possible course dates as possible together with requested time):

  • Preferred course date, time and location
  • Parent or guardian's full name
  • Child’s full name
  • Age of child
  • School
  • Year group
  • Date completed Level 1 & 2
  • Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile (for emergencies)

Please note that we do not allow the use of BMX bikes on a Level 3 course due to the restrictions they place on the rider's vision and mobility.  

Sometimes emails may get caught in the Junk/Spam folder. We recommend you check these folders if you are expecting an email from us.

We also offer Bikeability courses to all schools, so check with your child's school to see if they offer it.