Cycle Training For Children

Cycle training to enable children to cycle safely on the road

We use the national cycle training scheme Bikeability, which is managed by our Road Safety team and funded by the Department for Transport. Bikeability is the modern day cycling proficiency.

Course Dates

Level 1 and 2 Autumn Term Saturday Course Dates

  • Sat 18 Nov (day one) and Sat 25 Nov (day two) - 09:00 - 12:30

Please note, at present, we only have a morning course scheduled, however if there is enough interest we can also schedule an afternoon course (13:00 - 16:30). Please let me know if you would like to go on a waiting list for a p.m. course.

Course Location

The sessions take place at Kings Park Cycle Centre.

Who can join?

Children who

  • are aged between 10 and 15 years old (Level 1 and 2) and children aged between 11 and 18 (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.
  • live or go to school in Bournemouth.

What they learn

Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Course

Level 1 teaches trainees to control and master a bike.  The training takes place in a secure environment away from cars and traffic.

Level 2 is delivered on local roads, giving 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.

How long does the level 1 and 2 course take?

  • During term time, Level 1 and 2 courses are held over two consecutive Saturdays.
  • During school holidays, Level 1 and 2 courses are held on two consecutive days.
  • The 2 day course takes a total of 7 hours from 09:00 – 12:30 on day one and 09:00 - 12:30 on day two. 

To complete the course, children must attend both dates.

Instructors

Our instructors are all fully qualified to the national standard and are DBS checked.

How to book

Please email us at road.safety@bournemouth.gov.uk or call 01202 454636 with the following details together with your preferred course date:-

  • Parent or guardian's full name
  • Child’s full name
  • Age of child
  • School
  • Year group
  • Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile (for emergencies)
  • Preferred course date and time

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 as the courses do get booked up very fast.

Level 3 Bikeability Course

For children aged 11 or over who want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions we offer a Level 3 Bikeability Course

Level 3 training is only available to children who have successfully completed Bikeability Levels 1 and 2 and is normally offered to secondary school children. However, if the instructor agrees, we may be able to train children in Year 6 who excelled in Level 1 and 2 training. 

Level 3 training gives children the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions, allowing them to experience many types of road conditions 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 this Bikeability video so that you can understand the course outcomes and what will be expected of your child during the course. This is not a course that your child should complete straight after completing Level 1 and 2 without any further practice. 

How long does the Level 3 course take?

The course normally takes 2 hrs 30 minutes but extra sessions could be needed depending on the child's abilities.  We hold these courses for a minimum of 2 children so would need at least 2 children to make the course viable.  If you would like to book your child onto a course, they would need to complete this with at least one other child.

Level 3 Course Dates

For Level 3 please email us at road.safety@bournemouth.gov.uk or call 01202 454636 with the following details and we will ask an instructor to get in contact with you to arrange a suitable date.  

  • Parent or guardian's full name
  • Child’s full name
  • Age of child
  • School
  • Year group
  • Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile (for emergencies)
  • Preferred course date and time

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 you could check with your child's school to see if they will be offering it. 

Contact Us

Telephone

General Enquiries

01202 451451

Address

Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

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