Age group: Years 5 or 6.
Duration: Each group has four 2-hour sessions running over a four-day period.
Group size: 16 children can be trained per four-day course. The children are taken out in groups of 8 (maximum) by two qualified cycle instructors and we can run two groups per day.
Level 1 training takes place entirely in your playground or other suitable tarmac area. Level 2 training is on quiet local roads. All training sites are risk-assessed by an instructor prior to use.
Course structure Levels 1 and 2
Level 1 is usually covered within one day. Once Level 1 is completed, Level 2 allows the children to interact with real traffic. However, this is done by the group using quiet roads.
By completing Level 2 children show they have the skills to make a cycle journey safely on quiet roads and cycle lanes, perhaps to school or to a sports centre.
Session 1: Trainees’ bikes are adjusted and helmets are fitted. Level 1 training commences and is completed, if trainees’ ability allows.
Session 2: Level 1 training is completed/reaffirmed. Depending on the ability of the group, Level 2 on-road training begins. However, if the children require more practice with their basic skills they remain in the playground or the safe off-road tarmac area.
Session 3: Level 2 on-road training commences/continues. More advanced cycle drills and techniques are covered as the trainees' skills improve.
Session 4: Level 2 on-road training is completed. The aim of this session is for the children to put into practice what they have learned during the week. Depending on the children’s progress, they will often go on an enjoyable longer ride with the instructors, leaving them with a positive experience of cycling in their local area.
Post session: Feedback and Bikeability awards are distributed to the participants.