In the UK, there are various laws concerning bicycle use on public roads. In particular, a bike measuring 635mm or above must be fitted with two working brakes, which can be operated independently. It is an offence for a person to cause or knowingly permit the use of such a bike on a public road when one or both brakes is either missing or defective. If you are unsure as to the condition or effectiveness of the braking system fitted to your child's bike, please watch the relevant video tutorials here
Level 2 training provides an opportunity for individuals to gain first hand experience of riding on the road. Your child's progress will have been monitored throughout. On completion of the course, they will have demonstrated the ability to anticipate a range of commonplace traffic situations and ride accordingly, while under supervision.
Level 2 aims to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and awareness necessary to make short journeys on quiet roads. While the training incorporates many aspects of the traffic environment, there are certain situations that are considered beyond its scope. We encourage parents talk to their child following the course and always recommend accompanied rides, until such time as you feel confident to allow them to ride unsupervised.
Frequently asked questions
Bikeability training is tailored towards children aged 9 years and above.
Level 1 takes place in a traffic-free environment. Participants are asked to perform a number of exercises designed to test a specific cycling skill. This provides an opportunity for the instructor to make an informed decision as to whether a trainee has the necessary skills to progress onto the next level.
Level 2 follows a prescribed sequence of 'outcomes', each chosen to represent a commonplace situation or event that a cyclist will experience on the road. Trainees are taught how to approach each situation in the safest manner, with particular emphasis placed upon observation and spatial awareness. Comprehensive details for Level 2 can be viewed here
The form that you have been asked to sign and return provides written evidence that you understand the nature of the activities involved, and grant permission for your child to take part. It also provides legal cover in the unlikely event of an accident or injury whilst off the school premises. Unfortunately, a handwritten note is no longer acceptable, Without formal consent your child will be not be eligible to take part in activities beyond the school grounds. Activities undertaken in Level 1 will be covered by the school's core policy, however, and children may continue Level 2 training, at the instructor's discretion, once formal consent is in place. (please see below)
Participants should bring a roadworthy bike, a cycle helmet and suitable clothing. Our instructors carry a number of spare helmets but we cannot guarantee that one will be available on the day.
Ordinarily, no. Due to the logistics involved in transporting large numbers of bikes, we are unable to offer this service on an ad hoc basis. We can provide bikes under certain circumstances but this would be by prior arrangement with the school.
Q: How old do you have to be to take part ?
Q: What does the training involve ?
Q: I've lost the consent form. Is a note OK ?
Q: What will I need to bring ?
Q: Are bikes provided ?
Q: My child missed a session. Will they be able to continue ?
This decision would be taken by the instructor and will depend on the specific circumstances. If your child was absent for Level 1 training, provided the instructor has determined that he/she has the necessary skills, there's no reason why they cannot participate for the remainder of the course, unless their inclusion would compromise the training for the rest of the group. Each session involves a recap of the previous competencies, so absentees will often have a chance to catch up.
Q: My child has only just learned to ride. Will they be able to take part ?
We endeavour to ensure that every child receives tuition, regardless of their experience, although we may not have sufficient staff on hand to fully attend to an individual who has yet to learn to ride. As such, we do expect trainees to be able to demonstrate basic bike handling skills at the start of the course. Each child is assessed according to their abilities. If the instructor is satisfied that a trainee is competent, as determined during Level 1, they will continue on to the road-based training.
If a trainee cannot complete the Level 1 exercises to an accomplished standard, then we would advise that they practice in a safe off-road environment to develop their skills and confidence.
Please Note: Your child's safety is our foremost concern and at no time would an instructor consider compromise for the sake of inclusion.
Q: My child has completed Level 2. Are they safe to ride on the road unsupervised ?
Q: Do you cater for children with physical disabilities or special educational needs ?
All children are assessed according to specific criteria. If a trainee can fulfill these criteria, they may participate, regardless of any additional requirements they may have, physical or otherwise. Be assured that our Instructors are highly experienced in this regard and will make the most appropriate decision concerning the training individuals receive on the day.