Bikeability, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), is designed to give young people the skills and confidence to ride, especially on roads. The programme also aims to sustain participation in cycling activity in England.
The programme is delivered through a range of partners, including School Games Organiser host schools, local authorities, freelance instructors, clubs and local cycling forums. The Youth Sport Trust is supporting schools to deliver the programme.
There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
Bikeability supports the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school and can contribute to:
- Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PSHE)
- Citizenship and British values
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- School sport, physical activity and physical literacy
- Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC)
- Cross Curricular opportunities.
For further information see What Can Bikeability Do For Your School - support/guidance for schools.
Level 3 Bikeability Equips students with the Skills and knowledge to cycle using more challenging roads and traffic junctions. For further information on supporting secondary school to implement Bikeability see - How can Bikeability Level 3 benefit secondary schools.
In September 2016, Bikeability Plus funding was introduced. Bikeability Plus is a series of modules designed for Bikeability schemes to use in cooperation with schools, in order to ensure that children and families are given the opportunities, skills, support and guidance they need to make cycling part of their everyday life. These modules complement and enhance the effectiveness of Bikeability Levels 1-3.
Further information on the Bikeability programme can be found here.
Information on the Bikeability Plus modules can be found here.
Training courses and opportunities for youngsters
We are working in partnership with British Cycling to give young people the opportunity to gain accreditation and the chance to deliver Bikeability in primary or secondary schools. There are also opportunities to attend Instructor courses (18+) and Assistant Instructor courses for 16-19 year olds.
This training is no longer offered for free however if you are a Bikeability Scheme and have achieved your delivery target you can use your DfT grant to fund instructor training.
The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS)
We are pleased to be working in partnership with TABS and would encourage all School Games Organiser Host School Bikeability grant recipients to become TABS members. The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) is the industry body for all those who are engaged in the many aspects of cycle training in England. TABS works closely with our members to represent their views, raise the profile of Bikeability and secure it's long term future. TABS also offers professional training opportunities. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.