Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
A good practice guide on delivering inclusive cycle training was developed and published by the Department for Transport. The guide provides advice to National Standard Instructors on how to help all people achieve National Standard outcomes, it is expected that all Bikeability schemes are aware of the guide’s content. Please see the website for more detail. As Bikeability courses are delivered by local training providers registered with us, it’s usually most useful to speak to a local provider directly and let them know about your pupil’s specific needs.
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. This is an inclusive programme and instructors should make every effort to integrate any special requirements into their mainstream courses. Where practical problems arise, we would expect instructors to try to find alternatives. Bikeability instructor mentioned that a mirror on the handlebars would help increase stability, when looking backwards at traffic for turning etc.
Bikeability is an inclusive activity, and so any trainee who wishes to take part will be able to do so. To this end, Bikability have a guide to inclusive cycle training, which contains ideas on how training can be more accessible to disabled trainees. The guide can be found herehttp://bikeability.org.uk/download/580/.