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Bikeability cycle training

We provide cycle training to residents through the Bikeability programme.

Teaching people to cycle can help reduce the environmental impact of transport and contribute to the physical health and mental wellbeing of residents.

A guide to Bikeability

Bikeability is a cycling training programme that aims to help you cycle to the National Cycling Standard. It's about gaining practical skills and learning how to cycle on roads.

Most of our work involves supporting children in school. The programme helps children become competent and confident on their bikes and gives them the skills to make on-road journeys.

Qualified cycling instructors teach all Bikeability modules. During training, all manoeuvres are demonstrated first by the instructor before being replicated by trainees.

Courses for adults

We also regularly run courses for adults. If you want to find out more, please email us at bikeability@bathnes.gov.uk. You need to give us details of the support you want and where you live or work.

If you are booking one of our courses, please take the time to read the consent pack you will receive from us. You should also read our information about preparing for training below.

Bikeability training modules

We offer 4 training modules: Learn to Ride and Levels 1, 2 and 3.

We can run all modules during school time using school playgrounds and local roads. We also run these modules as after-school and holiday courses for those who want support outside of school.

By the end of Level 2, we want to see riders who can perform the routines that underpin safe and responsible cycling strategies:

  • making good and frequent observations
  • choosing and maintaining the most suitable riding position
  • communicating intentions clearly to others
  • understanding priorities when negotiating shared space

Select a topic below to find out more about each module.

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride aims to teach children who cannot cycle a pedal bike.

These courses consist of 2 sessions with an instructor on a one to one basis.

Level 1

Level 1 training focuses on the basic cycle skills that a rider will need to become a competent and confident cyclist on roads.

We will always hold training in an environment away from cars or traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park. Participants must be able to cycle to progress through this training.

Level 1 and 2 combined

In this module, cyclists start in a traffic-free environment learning Level 1 skills. They then progress onto local low traffic roads, where each instructor will work with up to 6 trainees.

Level 2 training aims to get trainees cycling at the National Standard, or at least working towards this. The aim is that trainees will be confident and competent at cycling on quiet roads.

Trainees will need to show that they meet the Bikeability Level 1 assessment criteria to take part in Level 2.

Level 3

The Level 3 course builds on skills developed in Levels 1 and 2, introducing heavier traffic and more complex road situations such as queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts.

Participants should be aged 12 or above and have some cycling experience to the National Standard on quiet roads.

Trainees will need to show that they meet the Bikeability Level 2 assessment criteria to take part in Level 3.

The table below includes full details on the price, duration and eligibility for each module:

Bikeability modules
Module Ages Trainees per course Cost per person Duration
Learn to Ride Any 1 to 2 £12 Two 45 minute sessions
Level 1 7 years and over 10 to 12 £6 One 2-hour session
Level 1 and 2 combined 9 years and over 5 to 6 £15 2 days
Level 3 12 years and over 2 to 3 £15 One 2-hour sessions

Preparing for Bikeability training

To participate in Bikeability training, all trainees must do the following:

  • Bring a roadworthy bike
  • Wear a properly fitting cycle helmet
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing
  • Bring your own water and food
  • Bring any medication you require

The cycling instructor will perform a basic bike check at the start of every training course. In the interests of safety, the instructor can decline training if the bike is unsafe to use.

If you have any questions about your bike, please contact us by email at bikeability@bathnes.gov.uk

Bikeability training consent for children

If your child wants to take part in Bikeability training, you must return a completed consent form. Consent forms will be provided to parents or guardians by schools, or our team if you book directly with us.

The consent pack will also contain useful information about the training, so please read this before signing up.