Last updated:
13 September 2017

Cycle safety courses for school children

Book holiday Bikeability cycle training for school-aged children.

1 Bikeability overview

We offer free Bikeability Level 2 and Level 3 training courses to all schools in the county during the school day in term time.

We also offer courses during the Easter and Summer holidays.

The training is designed to teach young cyclists the fundamental principles of road safety and the skills necessary to control their bicycles properly.

Trainees will be required to meet both Level 1 and Level 2 outcomes from the National Standard syllabus.

Courses are not designed to teach children how to ride, but increase their basic skills, observation, hazard awareness and perception of risk.

No child will be allowed to take part in a course unless they are wearing a properly fitted and approved cycle helmet.

2 Bikeability Levels 1 and 2

Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2 courses are for children aged 10 years and over (years 6 and 7).

Children must be able to ride a bicycle competently with good control and balance before the start of the course and be able to:

  • ride one handed whilst making a signal
  • look behind.

The majority of training is delivered through the school. One-to-one sessions can also be booked with the cycling training team.

Level 1 training

Bikeability Level 1 is delivered in a traffic-free environment, where you will learn basic bike handling skills and improve your riding confidence.

Once you have completed Level 1 you will be able to:

  • fit your helmet correctly
  • check your bike is ready to ride
  • get on and off your bike safely
  • ride your bike and make it go where you want it to
  • avoid objects through good bike control
  • use your gears effectively
  • control the bike with one hand
  • observe all around you whilst cycling
  • stop safely and quickly if you need to.

Level 2 training

Bikeability Level 2 is delivered on quiet residential streets close to school. You will learn how to cycle confidently on-road, amongst real traffic.

Once you have completed Level 2 and met all of the outcomes, you will be able to:

  • start and finish a journey on the road
  • pass parked cars or slower moving vehicles and side roads
  • make a u-turn
  • identify and react to potential hazards
  • communicate your intentions with other road users and pedestrians as appropriate
  • use road positioning effectively
  • use junctions, including turning left and right in and out of minor roads
  • use the Highway Code and make decisions on safe riding.

Where possible, our instructors will recommend Level 3 training to suitable candidates after completion of their Level 2 course.

3 Bikeability Level 3

Bikeability Level 3 courses are for children aged 10 years and over (years 7 to 9).

However, if your child is a confident cyclist (having completed Level 2) and in year 6, they may still be able to take part.

The training is delivered on a one-to-one basis or in groups of up to three, so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school.

To book a place, complete the online application form:

Bikeability Level 3 application form

Please note that due to overwhelming demand we are unable to accept any further Level 3 bookings during the summer period.

Training will cover:

  • all Level 2 outcomes
  • preparing for a journey
  • understanding advanced road positioning
  • passing queuing traffic
  • hazard perception and strategy to deal with hazards
  • understanding driver blind spots, particularly for large vehicles
  • reacting to hazardous road surfaces.

There are also 10 optional outcomes:

  • How to use roundabouts
  • How to use junctions controlled by traffic lights
  • How to use multi-lane roads
  • How to use both on and off road cycle infrastructure
  • Dealing with vehicles that pull in and stop in front of you
  • Sharing the road with other cyclists
  • Cycling on roads with a speed limit above 30mph
  • Cycling in bus lanes
  • Cycling in pairs or groups
  • Locking a bike securely.

Trainees who successfully complete Level 3 training will receive a Bikeability badge and certificate.

Trainees must have successfully completed Bikeability Level 2 before moving onto Level 3. Please note that Level 3 training is limited and places are booked on a first come first served basis.

5 School holiday courses 2018

Below are the scheduled dates for free Bikeability Level 2 cycle training holiday courses for 2018 (minimum age 10 years).

Easter holiday course 2018

Dates TBC

Venues:

  • Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley
  • Oak Grove College, Worthing
  • The Arena Sports Centre, Bognor Regis
  • St Paul's Catholic College, Burgess Hill
  • Forest School, Horsham

Summer holiday course 2018

Dates TBC

Venues:

  • Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley
  • Oak Grove College, Worthing
  • The Arena Sports Centre, Bognor Regis
  • St Paul's Catholic College, Burgess Hill
  • Forest School, Horsham

To book a place complete the online application form:

Bikeability Level 2 holiday course application form 2018

6 Further information

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