Bikeability/Bike Maintenance

Bikeability for Children & Adults





Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century. Using Bikeability training we aim to get more people cycling, more safely and more often.

We now offer:

  • balance
  • level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability training.

Our balance training is currently aimed at children in reception and year 1, and is designed to help children learn to ride a bike without stabilisers.

Our level 1 and 2 courses are aimed at children in school years 5 and above. Level 3 is aimed at year 8 and above. They are conducted by National Standard trainers on behalf of the Department for Transport who provide funding for this scheme.

The national standard outcomes fall into three levels:

  • level 1 - offers bike handling skills in a controlled environment away from roads

  • level 2 - is taught on roads and teaches you to cycle planned routes on minor roads offering real cycling experience

  • level 3 - will ensure cyclists are able to manage all traffic conditions.

Part of the level 1 and 2 course take place on local roads, so children will need to be able to ride their bike confidently without wobbling. Level 3 takes place on busier roads and those taking part will need to be confident on local roads. Children's bikes must be in good roadworthy condition. We recommend a well fitted helmet, and we provide yellow waistcoats to trainees.

On completion of the course outcomes children receive a Bikeability certificate and badge.


We are planning our training programme for 2017/18. All schools are eligible to apply for free Bikeability training.

Schools can contact the Bikeability team on 01202 262198 or email to request a course.

Your school may already have signed up to receive Bikeability sessions. Contact your school direct to find out if sessions are scheduled for this year or register your interest in a future Bikeability course.

Bikeability at Rossmore Leisure Centre

If you can't wait to do level 1 and 2 Bikeability at your school, then we offer training at Rossmore Leisure Centre during some of the school holidays.

Course date: future dates to be confirmed.

The course costs £5 per person.

Phone Everyone Active Rossmore on 01202 738787 to enquire about availability.

One-to one adult Bikeability training

If you require one-to-one Bikeability training you can find an independent provider in your local area by using the Bikeability near you search on the Bikeability website. Please contact the individual providers for prices and schedules.

Cycle to work

Once you’re confident of your cycling ability, why not consider cycling to work for all or part of your journey?

Cycling to work is a great way for you to get fit and healthy. Ask your employer if they are signed up to the Cycle to Work Guarantee. This is a voluntary initiative from the Department for Transport, challenging businesses to become cycle friendly employers by making it easy for staff to cycle to and from work.

If you haven't got a bike ask your employer if they have a cycle to work scheme' in place. Businesses can sign up to the scheme and offer their employees the opportunity to spread the cost of getting a bike and accessories over a set period as a tax-exempt benefit.

Free Cycle Training For Children - Level 1 & 2 & Level 3

Bikeability is our 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.

These courses are available for children who live who to school in the BCP area.

Book onto one of our Bikeability courses

You may also want to check with your child's school to see if they are planning to offer it in 2021 (these are charged at £10 p/p).

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 Location

Currently the weekend and holiday sessions take place at Kings Park Cycle Centre, Bournemouth.  We hope to be able offer some alternative Poole and Christchurch locations later this year.

Who can join?

Children who:

  • are aged between 9 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 normally 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 but this can vary in the holidays depending on course numbers. 

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.


Our instructors are all fully qualified to the National Standard, are DBS checked and First Aid Trained.

How to book

Go to our online booking system to book your chosen course using the link below.

Book onto one of our Bikeability courses

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.

Tailored courses 

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.



Bikeability Cycle Proficiency


For information, or for details about the training click here.   

Bike Maintenance Courses - Bournemouth

Our evening Bike Maintenance courses are held regularly at Kings Park Cycle Centre.

What's in the course?

  • Understand simple bike design and set up
  • Basic safety checks

How to:

  • locate and repair a puncture
  • measure and fit a chain
  • remove and refit wheels

Introduction to:

  • correct brake set up, pads and levers
  • set up and working of indexed gear systems

These practical courses are ideal for people who want to know how to perform basic bike care and fix simple repairs.  Any level is welcome and the course is taught in a friendly and relaxed manner.

You will need to bring your own bike which is in good condition.


Course times

The sessions run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at our Kings Park Cycle Centre.


The course costs £15.00 per person

Course times

The sessions run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at our Kings Park Cycle Centre and you will need to contact the instructor to book the date you want. 

Next 2021 course dates:-

    • Tue 13 July 2021 - Nigel
    • 27 July 2021 - Nigel
    • 10 August & 24 August 2021 - Nigel

£15.00 per person, to be paid by a non-refundable bank transfer prior to the course. 

Once you have agreed a course date, please then make the transfer directly to our instructor, Nigel Winter, bank details as follows:-

Sort Code: 09-01-28

Account number: 48872475

Please email Nigel to let him know once you have paid the fee.

Who can join?

All ages are welcome, aged 10 upwards.

How to book

Please email Nigel ( to request details of the next available courses with the following details:-

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile
  • Age (if 18 or under)


I really enjoyed the bike maintenance course. Nigel was excellent; he is very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us lots of good tips and has given me more confidence to have a go at fixing my bike, even my gears! Thank you.

"Just a note following the course Daniel and I attended last night. It was a really useful session, a good mix of talk and hands-on. Nigel is a great instructor, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he was happy to answer additional questions. He showed us how to inspect our bike frame and take off the wheels, how to change an inner tube, the M-check, cleaning the chain and adjusting brakes and gears. Nigel explained everything very well and he took the time to make sure we understood what he was showing us, what tools we might need and what to do with them."

"Just wanted to email to thank you for providing a great learning course. I feel so much more confident."

"Please can you pass on my thanks to Nigel. The course he ran was superb. Nigel is obviously a credit to the council, he was totally professional, friendly and passionate about his subject. Thanks to all in arranging this course."

"The session last night was excellent. Nigel taught us so much. I can't believe how much I learnt in 2 hours. Thank you. I was the only female so you could say that's it's suitable for everyone."

"I just wanted to say thank you. Last night's bike maintenance course was exactly what I needed and I know have a bit more confidence about sorting out any small problems I might have. Nigel Winter is an excellent instructor. Very patient and he doesn't make you feel a bit daft asking what might seem to be a bonkers questions. He was terrific. I had a puncture and thanks to Nigel I was able to replace the inner tube (I have a spare) during a 40 mile ride. It was a thin sliver of slate."

Just to say we both thoroughly enjoyed the course last Tuesday. Please pass on our thanks to Nigel, who was extremely knowledgeable, patient and very good at explaining everything he showed us. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants a basic understanding of bike maintenance.

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