Bikeability is the National Standard for Cycle Training, which has been designed by the leading experts in the field of road safety as well as cycling.
The principal outcome of Bikeability is
‘More people cycling more often and more safely’
Bikeability students are encouraged to learn interactively as opposed to simply being told what to do.
The courses are designed to be both educational and enjoyable with the emphasis on safety. Learning to cycle safely can make an enormous contribution to some of society’s biggest challenges, in particular sustainable travel and health. Bikeability is one activity among a number of projects developed to influence travel choice.
Bikeability is designed to give cyclists the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads. There are three levels:
Level 1 - offers basic bike handling skills in a controlled environment away from the roads.
Level 2 - is taught on-road and teaches children to cycle planned routes on local familiar roads offering real cycling experience.
Level 3 - will ensure cyclists can ride safely and competently in all traffic conditions.
Cycle training in Bedford for children and those adults who have never cycled or have not cycled for some time is available from a number of sources.
Bedford Borough Council each year receives a grant from the government to give free cycle training to Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 to year 6/7 pupils in the borough's primary and middle schools. They have now outsourced their cycle training to Outspoken Training to deliver Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 to primary and middle schools in the borough.
In the first instance it is recommended that your child's school is contacted to check if they are running courses. If they are not, ask them why not and strongly suggest them to consider doing so.
For further details contact: (01234) 228336 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Unit also organise cycle lessons.
The courses for children from 10 to 15 years old are to Bikeability Level 2 and comprise of practical and theory sessions over 4 half days. Candidates will be able to cycle more safely on the road and gain awareness of other road users.
For 2016 there will be 5 courses on 25-28 July, 1-4 August, 8-11 August, 15-18 August and 22-25 August between 10am and 12pm. The venue is Castle Newnham Middle School in Polhill Avenue and the cost is £30.
For details of the courses contact 01234 718836 or visit their website and follow the link Sports Development.
Bedford Modern School as part of their Holiday activity courses also run Bikeability Level 2 courses for 10 to 14 year olds at Manton Lane, Bedford.
There are also a number of independent qualified trainers including:-
An accredited female instructor (and CCNB member) - Linda Syred - specialises in teaching Adults and Children, from complete beginners to improvers to learn to cycle.
For further information on cycle training contact the Bedford Borough Council Road Risk Advisory Team on 01234 228336 or visit the Bikeability website.
For the latest (November 2012) National Standard Outcomes cycle information for instructors, instructor trainers and levels visit the Department for Transport website.
In 2015 Cycling UK (originally CTC) - the national cycling charity in the UK - published a video on 'How to teach an adult to ride a bike quickly'
together with a simple step-by-step guide here
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