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Swindon Holiday Courses

We run Bikeability courses every school holiday (except Christmas) that teach small groups of riders to the Bikeability core levels 1, 2 and 3. Please read the options below to decide which course is suitable for your child:

Learn to Ride  

For children of any age who are unable to cycle. In particular, children who, for whatever reason, are struggling to master the skill. The course is 2 hours long and delivered over two sessions. All learning is off-road, taught in small groups, in a pressure-free environment.

Cost: Free of charge.

Level 1   

For children in year groups 3 and 4 who are able to ride without stabilisers. The course is 2 hours long, delivered in one session. All learning is off-road and riders will learn the basic fundamentals for fun, safe cycle journeys. Max group size 12.

Cost: Free of charge.

Level 2 

For children in year groups 5, 6 and 7 who are confident riders, able to cycle one-handed and look over their shoulder. The course is delivered in two 3-hour sessions Your child will learn to ride safely and responsibly; share the road with others and manage risk when cycling. Sessions will take place on quiet roads with a maximum group size of six.

Cost: Free of charge.

Level 2/3 

For children in year groups 7 and above, who have completed Level 2 or are experienced riders. The course is five hours long, delivered over two sessions. It will take place on-road. Riders will recap and strengthen their Level 2 skills before moving on to Level 3. Max. group size is three.

Cost: Free of charge.

Level 3: 

For children in year groups 7 and above, who have completed the Level 2 course or are experienced riders. The course is 2.5 hours long, delivered in one session, on-road. Riders will learn how to plan journeys, ride assertively and negotiate diverse road environments. Max. group size is three.

Cost: Free of charge.

Cost

Thanks to funding from Swindon Borough Council, all courses are FREE OF CHARGE for children who live in Swindon.  We do however require a deposit of £10 per child to secure your place(s).  Families on low incomes can have this refunded upon completion of the course, or you can choose to donate it to Life Cycle to help cover training costs.

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, please make sure your child's helmet fits correctly. Please note that due to COVID-19 instructors are not allowed to adjust helmets. We will be riding even if it's raining, so please make sure they bring weather appropriate clothing, a drink and snack.

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 will take place outside. Instructors and riders will maintain 2 metres of social distancing at all times. Hand sanitiser 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.

Upcoming courses in Swindon - Unfortunately we are unable to run any courses this October half term 2021.  Our next courses are planned for February Half term 2022. *subject to Covid restrictions

 

Expression of Interest - Holiday Course

There are currently no holiday courses available to book on to.  Please fill out our expression of interest form to be notified when courses resume. If you're having trouble filling out the form - or you have a question that wasn't answered on this page - please contact chrissie@lifecycleuk.org.uk. Please note, we cannot accept bookings by email.

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