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.
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?
- 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.
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
- Karen Lett