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What is Bikeability?

Bikeability cycle training gives children a life skill they will never forget. From basic skills to advanced journeys, we’ve got your children covered.

Telford & Wrekin Council offers National Standard Bikeability Cycle Training to all schools within the Borough. Bikeability is promoted and supported by Active Travel England and the Bikeability Trust.

Training is delivered by fully qualified, DBS checked instructors where budding cyclists gain the confidence they need to advance their cycling skills and become more independent riders on today's roads. What’s more, they’ll have bucket loads of fun too!

The Road Safety team offer Level 1 and 2 Bikeability training to all children who can ride a bike without stabilisers in years 5 and 6 in all schools in Telford and Wrekin. This is through funding from the Bikeability Trust and we can even support with the use of bikes and helmets if needed. Our objective is to get as many children Level 2 trained as possible before they transition to secondary school and develop essential life skills including:

Level 1:

  • maintain your cycle: make sure your ride is in tip-top condition and make simple repairs
  • glide: smooth, calm and collected
  • control your bike: including setting off, cruising, slowing down, braking and stopping. You’ll even learn to pedal one handed!
  • pedal: without feeling wobbly or out of control
  • be aware of your surroundings: looking behind and turning around obstacles.

Level 2:

  • start and stop with more confidence
  • pass stationary vehicles parked on a road
  • understand the road: signals, signs, road markings and priorities
  • negotiate the road: including quiet junctions, crossroads and roundabouts
  • share the road with other vehicles.

Pupils also gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing. Cycling is not only an alternative way to travel but also an effective way to reduce stress, improve sleep quality and boost your mood as well as helping protect the environment by reducing emissions.

So, there’s no time like the present! If your child’s school offers your child a place don’t miss out and get it booked.

Feel free to ask your school if they have signed up to the programme or you can contact the team for more information by emailing roadsafety@telford.gov.uk.

Has your child missed out on taking part in a course at school? Bikeability courses often run at Telford Bike Hub in Telford Town Park during the school holidays, sessions available to book at Tickets Telford or for more information on school holiday sessions email roadsafety@telford.gov.uk or follow @TravelTelford on Facebook.

Last updated: 23/02/2024 13:20

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