12 to 14 March 2018
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. Cycling is also a great way to get around, get some exercise, spend time with family and friends but also reduces the amount of time spent stuck in a car, or on the bus.
On the week beginning Monday 12th March pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 were involved in a three day training programme. The pupils were looking to achieve their Levels 1 and 2.
At Level 1 new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park. At Level 1 you can:
- prepare yourself and your bike for cycling;
- get on and off your bike without help;
- start off, pedal and stop with control;
- pedal along, use gears and avoid objects;
- look all around and behind, and control the bike;
- share space with pedestrians and other cyclists.
Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. At Level 2 you can:
- prepare for on-road cycling;
- start and finish an on-road journey;
- recognise typical hazards;
- let others know what you are about to do;
- know where to ride on the road;
- pass parked vehicles and side roads.
At the end of the three day programme 21 children achieved their Level 1 and seven children achieved their Level 2.