Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
Sport North Tyneside has fully qualified, DBS checked instructors who can deliver Level 1, 2 and 3 training FREE of charge to small groups aged 9-14 years. All you need to take part is a bike in a safe and roadworthy condition (both brakes in working order) and a safety helmet.
Level 1 – Half Day Course
At Level 1 new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. At Level 1 you can:
- prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
- get on and off your bike without help
- start off, pedal and stop with control
- pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
- look all around and behind, and control the bike
- share space with pedestrians and other cyclists
Level 2 – Full Day Course
Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. At Level 2 you can:
- prepare for on-road cycling
- start and finish an on-road journey
- recognise typical hazards
- let others know what you are about to do
- know where to ride on the road
- pass parked vehicles and side roads
Level 3 – Full Day Course
Level 3 equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. Level 3 training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school. At Level 3 you can:
- prepare for a journey
- understand advanced road positioning
- pass queuing traffic
- perceive and deal with hazards
- understand driver blind spots
- react to hazardous road surfaces
Bikeability trained cyclists receive a badge and a certificate in recognition of the level they’ve achieved. The certificate also includes areas for further practice noted by the instructor.
Sport North Tyneside are offering children aged 9-14 years to complete their Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Award FREE of charge throughout the upcoming school holidays.
- Level 2 Training on Monday 28th October at Rising Sun County Park in Benton, 9:30am – 3:00pm.
- Level 2 Training on Tuesday 29th October at Richardson Dees Park in Wallsend, 9:30am – 3:00pm.
- Level 2 Training on Wednesday 30th October at The Parks Sport Centre in North Shields, 9:30am – 3:00pm.
Prior to children attending level 2, they are required be able to confidently demonstrate level 1 learning outcomes (please see above for list of level 1 criteria).
On arrival at level 2 sessions ALL children will be asked to complete a short informal competence test to ensure that they are ready to progress onto level 2. ALL parents will be asked to stay for this which will last approximately 15 minutes. If a child is unable to demonstrate competence at level 1, they will not be permitted to remain at the session to progress on to level 2 on that day.
To take part in Bikeability, you will need the following:
- A bike in a safe and road worthy condition with two working brakes
- A cycle helmet
- A packed lunch and plenty of water
- Appropriate clothing for the weather and sun cream (when required)
If you are a school or community organisation and would like to arrange a bespoke training programme for the young people you work with, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.