We run Bikeability courses every school holiday (except Christmas) that teach small groups of riders to the Bikeability core levels 1, 2 and 3.
Which level is suitable for my child?
- Learn to Ride: 2-hour course, delivered in two sessions, off-road, for children, of any age, who are unable to cycle - in particular children who, for whatever reason, are struggling to master the skill. Taught in small groups, in a pressure free environment. Free of charge.
- Level 1: 2-hour course, delivered in one session, off-road, for children in year groups 3 and 4 who are able to ride without stabilisers. Riders will learn the basic fundamentals for fun, safe cycle journeys. Max group size 12. A parental contribution of £10 per child is required for this option.
- Level 2: 6-hour course, delivered in two sessions, on quiet roads, for children in year groups 5, 6 and 7, who are confident riders, able to cycle one-handed and look over their shoulder. Riders will learn to ride safely and responsibly; share the road with others and manage risk when cycling. Max. group size 6. Free of charge.
- Level 2/3: 5-hour course, delivered in two sessions, on-road, for children in year groups 7 and above, who have completed level 2 or are experienced riders. Riders will recap and strengthen their level 2 skills before moving on to level 3. Max. group size 3. A parental contribution of £10 per child is required for this option.
- Level 3: 2.5-hour course, delivered in one session, on-road, for children in year groups 7 and above, who have completed level 2 or are experienced riders. Riders will learn how to plan journeys, ride assertively and negotiate diverse road environments. Max. group size 3. Free of charge.
Thanks to funding from Swindon Borough Council, all courses are FREE OR SUBSIDISED for children who live in Swindon. We do however require a re-fundable deposit of £10 per child to secure your place(s). This will be refunded directly to you once your child has attended the training.
What to bring
Your child will need to bring a roadworthy bike to use. UK law does not require you to wear a helmet. If you do it should fit correctly. Please note that instructors are not currently allowed to adjust helmets. Also, make sure they bring weather appropriate clothing, a drink and snack, we will be riding even if its raining.
Safety during COVID-19
The Bikeability Trust (our professional body) have been working with the Department for Education to lay out strict safe systems of work to enable training to take place. Our updated delivery guide and risk assessments provide for smaller group sizes to allow adequate distancing and all training takes place outside. Instructors and riders will maintain 2 metres social distancing at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Your child must be well and not suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms or living with anyone who is symptomatic. By booking training, parents are confirming that their child can understand and abide by social distancing rules and will follow the instructions of the course leaders; we reserve the right to terminate a session / course early if the course leaders feel it is in any way unsafe to continue.