Bikeability Level 1/2 Combined PlymouthClose Window

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* Children must be age 9+ and in School Year 5 or above to attend this course *

Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! 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.

The course will take place over four days and riders must attend all four sessions to obtain level 1 and 2 status, however booking on day one only is necessary. Riders should bring their own bike and helmet where possible, however bikes and helmets can be hired for £5 per day if necessary.

Level 1

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. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. 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

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. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. 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