Free Cycle Training For Children - Level 1 & 2 & Level 3
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 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.
There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already.
Our two day Level 1 & 2 course starts with basic control skills (Level 1) and concludes by equipping trainees with the skills to cycle safely on local roads (Level 2).
Our Level 3 course equips trainees with the skills to tackle a winder variety of traffic conditions than Level 2 and will enable trainees to plan and make independent journeys on busier roads.
Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Course (2 day 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 1 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, 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. 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.
Course Dates 2019 (more dates to follow)
Level 1 and 2
Saturday Course Dates
Sat 2 Mar & Sat 9 Mar - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Sat 16 Mar & Sat 23 Mar - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Sat 30 Mar & Sat 6 Apr - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
February Half Term Course Dates
Tue 19 Feb & Wed 20 Feb - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Thu 21 Feb & Fri 22 Feb - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Easter Holiday Course Dates
Tue 9 Apr & Wed 10 Apr - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Thu 11 Apr & Fri 12 Apr - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Mon 15 Apr & Tue 16 Apr - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
Wed 17 Apr & Thu 18 Apr - 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:00 - 16:30
The sessions take place at Kings Park Cycle Centre.
Who can join?
- 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.
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 or 13:00 - 16:30 for the afternoon course.
To complete the course, children must attend both dates.
Level 3 Courses
Level 3 is for children aged 11 and over who have completed Levels 1 and 2 and want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions.
Level 3 gives children the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions. This allows 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.
How long does the Level 3 course take?
The course normally takes 2 hrs 30 minutes but we allow 3 hours so there's time to discuss the expected course outcomes before the session starts.
Level 3 course locations
We offer two different meeting locations for these courses of Kings Park and Bournemouth Velodrome. Please book the course location that best suits your own child's home and school location. Level 3 is a bespoke course which can be tailored to the needs of the trainee, encompassing a route from home to school.
Course Dates 2019
- Mon 08.04.19 - 09:30 - 12:30
- Fri 12.04.19 - 13:30 - 16:30
- Tue 16.04.19 - 09:30 - 12:30
- Tue 09.04.19 - 09:30 - 12:30
- Thu 11.04.19 - 13:30 - 16:30
Our instructors are all fully qualified to the National Standard, are DBS checked and First Aid Trained.
How to book
Please email us at email@example.com or call 01202 454636 with the following details together with your preferred course date:-
- Child’s full name
- Age of child
- Year group
- Parent's or guardian's full name
- Mobile (for emergencies)
- Preferred course (Level 1 & 2 or Level 3) date and time
- If booking Level 3, please state when your child passed their Level 1 & 2 course
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.
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.
Cycle Training for Adults
Our team of Bikeability instructors provide cycle training for anyone age 18 or over who lives, works or studies in Bournemouth
Cycling is a great activity and whether you want to save money, get fit, cut pollution or reduce your carbon footprint, cycling has something for everyone. Don't be put off by the traffic or because you feel out of practice, join a course for adults.
Our courses can be tailored to an individual's needs, making them suitable for complete beginners, people who would like to gain more confidence or more experienced cyclists who want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions.
The courses can be delivered either one to one or to larger groups, depending upon the course required.
Please contact one of our instructors from the list below to discuss your course requirements and fees.
- Cate Read
- Stephen Gray
- Graham Hurst
- Nicki Hindmarch
- Nigel Winter
- Steve Coombes
- Paul Rush
- Karen Lett