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Want your child to learn to ride

1. Want your child to learn to ride

Want your child to learn to ride, improve their skills or find out where they can get cycle training?

 

Cycle training for children

Cycle training can benefit all cyclists, whatever their age or current level.  Whether you are new to cycling, or experienced, there is always something to learn.

bikeabilityWe recommend Bikeability training which was launched in England in 2007 and is the government approved and nationally recognised award for cycle training overseen by the Department for Transport. It is underpinned by the National Standards which were developed by leading experts in the fields of both cycling and road safety and  launched in 2005 and is both a quality control procedure for training schemes and the consumer facing brand for delivery of the standards. 

Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the skills and confidence needed to cycle safely on today's busy roads.

 

Cycle training in Buckinghamshire

We have been awarded funding by the Department for Transport for the period 2017 – 2020 for Bikeability core cycle training (Levels 1, 2 and 3) and also a number of new Bikeability Plus modules.  The Bikeability core training modules and some of the Bikeability Plus modules will be delivered via schools.  Schools will need to bid for this provision for information can be found under the section ‘Cycle training for Schools’.

For more information please contact us at: cycling@buckscc.gov.uk

2. Cycle training at schools

Cycle training for children is delivered via Bucks schools.

Schools will need to bid for funding the term before the training course is due to take place.  

Schools should also consider:

  • training is subsidised, though there is an admin fee 
  • providers used must be from the our approved List
  • if they have been successful they will be told within 15 working days after the closing date
  • only in extreme circumstances funding for a term cannot be carried over to the following term

 

Summary of training

Bikeability Level 1 (Admin fee £5.00)

  • For children in Year 3 and Year 4 in groups up to 16. 
  • For children who are able to ride a bicycle (without stabilisers). 
  • Basic bike control skills in a traffic free area.

Bikeability Level 2 (Admin fee £10.00)

  • For children in Year 5 and Year 6. 
  • How to deal with traffic on short journeys. 
  • Off road and on road training included in the course

Bikeability Level 3 (Admin fee £10.00)

  • For children who are in Year 7 and above.
  • For children after Level 2 training.
  • Advanced on road, busier streets, queuing traffic and complex junctions.

Bikeability Balance (Admin fee £5.00)

  • For children in Reception and Y1.
  • School sessions to enable the children, to take part in Bikeability Level 1.
  • Using games and balance bikes to develop their bike handling and awareness skills.
  • Some children may be able to move to pedal cycling at the end of the course.

Learn to Ride (Admin fee £5.00)

  • Children who find it hard to cycle
  • School staff and families who are unable to cycle or have never learned.

Bikeability Transition (Admin fee £5.00)

  • Students moving from primary to secondary, giving route planning.
  • This should be delivered before students, make the move from primary to senior school.
  • Cycling their planned routes with an instructor.

 

3. Future Cycle Opportunities for Residents

  • These are subsidised as part of a government Bikeability Plus Scheme
  • Everyone must pay an admin fee
  • Training must be delivered from the Approved List

 

Recycle

  • To recycle old bikes and give them to those in the community who do not have the resource to buy their own.
  • Giving families better access to bikes for children, more will be able to take part in the core Bikeability training.

 

Bikeability (£5 admin cost)

  • A series of led rides along set, low traffic/traffic free routes, designed to boost confidence. 
  • You can be new to cycling, or returning to cycling. 
  • The rides should aim to encourage regular cycling and are an opportunity to put into practice the skills learned in core Bikeability.
  • The rides will be short and focus of leisurely/pleasant/practical routes. 
  • They are not made for sports riding or training experience riders.

 

4. Official Buckinghamshire Council cycle providers

All providers have met the specified criteria requested by us and:

  • are accredited Bikeability Instructors
  • are trained to National Standards
  • are fully insured to a level that meets the our requirement
  • hold a valid enhanced DBS check
  • ensure anyone working on their behalf meets the same standards requested by us

 

List of cycle providers showing areas covered and training offered

Schools are permitted to work with more than one provider if they are committed to working in your area.

Bespoke Cycling

Email: spokesci@gmail.com 
Telephone: 07999 210 032
Website: Bespoke Cycling Instruction

Training offered:

  • level 1, 2 and 3
  • balance
  • transition
  • learn to ride
  • bikeability ride

Locations: Amersham, Beaconsfield, Beeches, Buckingham, Chepping Valley, Chesham and Chiltern, Gerrards Cross, Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe, Greater Aylesbury, Haddenham and Long Crendon, High Wycombe, North West Chilterns, South West Chilterns and Marlow, The Chalfonts, The Missendens, Waddesdon, Wendover, Wexham and Ivers

Cycle Wise

Email: darryl@cycle-wise.co.uk
Telephone: 07976 718 007
Website: Cycle Wise

Training offered:

  • level 1, 2 and 3
  • transition
  • learn to ride
  • bikeability ride

Locations: Amersham, Beaconsfield, Beeches, Chesham and Chiltern, Gerrards Cross, The Chalfonts, Wexham and Ivers

Cycle4Life

Email: info@cycle4life.org
Telephone: 07973 219 750 
Website: Cycle4Life

Training offered:

  • level 1, 2 and 3
  • balance
  • transition
  • learn to ride
  • bikeability ride

Locations: Amersham, Beaconsfield, Beeches, Buckingham, Chepping Valley, Chesham and Chiltern, Gerrards Cross, Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe, Greater Aylesbury, Haddenham and Long Crendon, High Wycombe, North West Chilterns, The Chalfonts, The Missendens, Waddesdon, Wendover, Wexham and Ivers, Winslow and District

Haddenham Cycle Training

Email: stephcook43@gmail.com
Telephone: 07587 171 559

Training offered:

  • level 1, 2 and 3
  • balance
  • transition
  • learn to ride
  • bikeability ride

Locations:  Amersham, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe, Greater Aylesbury, Haddenham and Long Crendon, North West Chilterns, The Missendens, Waddesdon, Winslow and District

Outspoken Training

Email: team@outspokentraining.co.uk
Telephone: 07910 114 254
Website: Outspoken Training

Training offered:

  • level 1, 2 and 3
  • balance
  • learn to ride

Locations: Amersham, Beaconsfield, Beeches, Buckingham, Chepping Valley, Chesham and Chiltern, Gerrards Cross, Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe, Greater Aylesbury, Haddenham and Long Crendon, High Wycombe, North West Chilterns, South West Chilterns and Marlow, The Chalfonts, The Missendens, Waddesdon, Wendover, Wexham and Ivers, Winslow and District

PysComm - Simon Cooper

Email: psycholist@ymail.com
Telephone: 07595 733 413

Training offered: level 1, 2 and 3

Locations: Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe, Greater Aylesbury, Wendover, Winslow and District