Bikeability in schools is ordinarily delivered to Year 5 and 6 pupils in groups of up to twelve. Courses organised into four sessions lasting two hours each, and are normally delivered over two days. However, when a school has more than one group, it can also be delivered across four morning or afternoon sessions with the opposite cohort attending the mirror session.
Currently, over 4000 young riders a year are provided with Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training within the county of Suffolk.
Session 1 – Bikeability Level 1
The first 2 hour session covers Bikeability Level 1 and is done off road, normally in the school playground. It provides an opportunity for the instructors to gain an idea of the student abilities and build some rapport in an environment free of external distractions.
The Level 1 content also provides young riders the opportunity to hone their skills so that they can venture out onto the roads as they undertake the Level 2 of the course.
Session 2 – Bikeability Level 2
Sessions 2 through 4 take place out on the roads close to the school that are legally limited to 30MPH.
The first of the level 2 sessions covers starting & stopping, passing junctions and vehicles and performing U-Turns. Each of these activities is delivered one at a time and build upon each other as the riders progress. The young riders are given as much opportunity as possible to practice these techniques after a demonstration from the instructor team.
Sessions 3 & 4 – Bikeability Level 2
Sessions 3 and 4 are somewhat interchangeable and cover making turns into and out of side roads at simple junctions. These activities build on those learned in the second session and are tailored to the needs and abilities of the group.
Again, sessions 3 and 4 take place on roads with slow moving traffic that are located close to the school.
Find Out More
If you are involved with a Suffolk school and are interested in having the Suffolk Roadsafe team come and deliver Bikeability to your students, get in touch with our Road Safety Officer (Education) by email below.
There is a charge to schools of £180 per course.