Cycle Training For Children - Level 1 & 2

Cycle training for children aged 10 and over to help build the skills and confidence to ride a bike safely on the road

Bikeability is today’s national cycle training scheme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills.

Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Course (2 day course)

This course is a combined Level 1 & 2 course and children must attend both days.  

Level 1 teaches trainees to control and master a bike. The training takes place in a secure environment away from cars and traffic.  Encourages and develops basic cycle control skills and gives trainees the confidence to use their cycles more often.

Level 2 is delivered on local roads. It gives trainees a real cycling experience that equips them with skills to deal with traffic on short journeys, such as cycling to school or the local shops. Level 2 will encourage and develop safe cycling skills, develop positive attitudes towards road use, increase knowledge and understanding of the road and traffic environment and give trainees the confidence to use their bicycles on local road.

Children who have successfully completed Level 1 and 2 and are already an experienced and confident cyclist can progress to our Level 3 course.

The 2 day course takes a total of 7 hours from 09:00–12:30 or 13:00-16:30 on day one, 09:00-12:30 or 13:00-16:30 on day two. To complete the course, children must attend both dates.

Next Course Dates

Please note that due to the Coronavirus, all courses have been cancelled.  We will be updating this page shortly with some further dates in the hope that normal courses can resume, possibly after Easter, but obviously we must adhere to Government advice.   We will shortly be offering both Saturday and Sunday courses, as well as school holiday courses, in order that we can make up the time lost.

We wish you and your families the best during this difficult time and look forward to normal courses resuming in the future.


The courses take place at Kings Park Cycle Centre.

Who can join?

Children who:

  • are aged between 10 and 15 years old for Level 1 and 2.

  • are aged between 11 and 18 for Level 3.

  • can ride a bike one handed in order to indicate and look over their shoulder.

  • have their own bike and helmet and have permission from a parent or carer to take part.

  • Please see our website for details of our FREE Bikeability Level 1 & 2 and Level 3 Easter Holiday Courses, for children aged 10, who live or go to school in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole. 


Our instructors are all fully qualified to the National Standard, are DBS checked and first aid trained.


We are able to offer our Kings Park Bikeability courses free of charge as we receive funding from the Department of Transport. 

How to book

Please email or call 01202 454636 with the following details together with your preferred course date(s):-

  • Parent or guardian's full name

  • Child’s full name

  • Age of child

  • School

  • Year group

  • Address

  • Landline

  • Mobile (for emergencies)

  • Preferred course date(s) and time(s)

Courses are booked on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible with your preferred course date and time.

The courses do get booked up very fast. It's also helpful if you can give a couple of alternative dates. Please allow a few days for a reply.

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. Check with your child's school to see if they will be offering it. 

See, the attached Bikeability MORI Report for further information on the positive impact the Bikeability scheme has on children and their parents.

Privacy  Notice

Please note that we do keep your details on our file for our own records and we may contact you again to let you know of future relevant Bikeability courses however your personal information will not be shared with other organisations.  However, if you would prefer that your personal information be deleted following the course and would not like to be contacted again by our department, please let us know.