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.

About Bikeability

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.

Autumn Term Level 1 & 2 Courses 2020

Please click here to be taken through to our booking system to request a place on one of courses.

Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Course (2 day course)

This two day course (either am or pm) is a combined Level 1 & 2 course and children must attend both days.  

Level 1 focuses on the skills necessary to be able to control a bike. The training takes place in a secure environment away from cars and traffic.  We will check helmets are correctly fitted and the bikes are roadworthy.  Training will include the use of gears, riding whilst signalling, emergency stops and negotiating obstacles, looking all around you, including behind.  Although this is a two day course, encompassing both Level 1 and Level 2, children must pass Level 1 before being able to progress onto Level 2.

Level 2 is delivered on local, residential roads. It gives riders a real cycling experience that equips them with skills to deal with traffic on short local 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 riders the confidence to use their bicycles on local road. Riders will learn how to:-

  • start and finish a journey
  • pass side roads and parked vehicles
  • make left, right and U turns
  • understand where to position yourself when riding on the road
  • to be aware of everything around them whilst riding
  • to explain decisions made during cycling and thereby demonstrate understanding of a safe cycling strategy

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

This Level 1 & 2 two 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.

Where

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.

  • 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.

Instructors

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

Cost

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

Contact us

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 directly and please be patient whilst waiting for a reply.   

You can book on our next Autumn term courses by following the link above, but if you wish to go on the waiting list for a summer holiday place, please email us road.safety@bcpcouncil.gov.uk with Bikeability Summer Holiday Waiting List in the email title, and you will be added to our mailing list and will be contacted should a place become available.

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 in the Autumn term.

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. 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.