Child cycle training
Bikeability cycle training is offered to children who live or attend school in Bromley. We offer a variety of Bikeability modules depending on your child’s age and skill level.
Bikeability Balance is a series of school-based sessions which aims to prepare children in Reception and Year 1 with the basic balance and co-ordination skills required to ride a bike. The sessions use a combination of games and activities on balance bikes to develop both bike handling and awareness. For older children who cannot ride please see our Learn to Ride programme.
Balance Bikes are a proven effective cycling tool as it separates learning to balance from learning to pedal and brake by first requiring the child to learn the hard part – balancing – (whilst providing a safety net - the ability to put feet down to avoid tipping over). Once a child has mastered balancing on two wheels, learning to pedal and brake is simple!
Bikeability levels 1,2 and 3
Bikeability Training (formerly known as Cycle Proficiency Training) is designed to teach children to cycle on the road with confidence. Training in the borough is divided into three stages in line with Bikeability National Standards and these are known as Levels 1 2 and 3.
Levels 1 and 2
These are combined into a day and a half course and are carried out when children are in Year 6 and above. Both children and parents, prior to participating on a course, need to read the Bikewise guidance.
Level 1 focuses on bike control. Helmets are checked for fit and bikes for roadworthiness. This training takes place in a traffic free environment (playground) and includes the use of gears, riding whilst signalling, emergency stops, negotiating obstacles and looking all around, including behind. Children must pass Level 1 in order to progress onto Level 2.
Level 2 will teach your child how to cycle on a quiet road and will be accessed on their ability at the end of the training to confidently demonstrate the following,
- start and finish a journey
- pass side roads and parked vehicles
- make left, right and U turns
- understand where to position yourself when riding on the road
- to be aware of everything around them whilst riding
- to explain decisions made during cycling and thereby demonstrate understanding of a safe cycling strategy
The course also includes a theory test.
This training is available to those who have successfully completed Bikeability levels one and two. Level 3 is normally offered to those attending secondary school, however, we are able to train children in Year 6 who excelled in Level 1 and 2 training. This level will only be offered at the discretion of the cycling instructor. The training takes approximately two to three hours.
Level 3 training gives individuals the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions, allowing them to experience many types of road conditions and more challenging traffic scenarios. The course also covers responding to hazards, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments and route planning for safer cycling. Younger trainees will be given the opportunity to identify and plan a route for a journey they anticipate making such as home to school. The journey would then be ridden by them with one of our instructors so that become familiar with the junction layouts, traffic levels, possible hazards to fully equip them with the knowledge to make the journey independently.
If you would like to apply for Bikeability Levels 1,2 and 3 please complete the Bikeability cycle training request form.
Adult and family cycle training
Adult and family cycle training is available throughout the year by request.