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Bikeability is the cycle training program that replaced cycling proficiency. It gives people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.   

All our training is carried out by qualified National Standard Instructors who are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and employed by our Road Safety team. 

Bikeability levels

There are three Bikeability levels and each is designed to improve cycling skills.

Level 2 courses include level 1 outcomes. You will need to have completed level 2 before you can take part in level 3.

Level 1   

This is a 2-hour long introduction to riding on the road.  

Riders are trained to:

  • fit a cycle helmet correctly
  • carry out a basic bike maintenance check
  • carry out basic control manoeuvres such as signalling, looking behind and stopping quickly

Riders are trained in small groups in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park.   

Level 2  

This is delivered on quiet roads.

Riders are trained to:

  • start and stop safely
  • adopt the correct road position
  • communicate with other road users
  • being aware of who has priority
  • safely pass parked vehicles
  • manoeuvre in and out of junctions

Level 3  

This is delivered on busier and more complex roads.

Riders are trained to negotiate:

  • roundabouts
  • multi-lane roads
  • traffic lights
  • route planning where possible

You can visit the Bikeability website to find out more information about the program. 

SEND Riders

We support riders of all abilities. Working in partnership with Warmley Wheelers we can hire all ability cycles such as trikes, recumbent bikes, as well as more specialist cycles including hand propelled wheelchairs and horizontal tandem cycles. 

We may be able to provide additional support for any SEND riders subject to their needs and availability of Instructors so please make us aware of any additional needs before the start of the course so that Instructors can adapt and help support the riders and the group. There is no additional charge for this. 

Other cycling courses available

Bikeability Balance 

This is a course to prepare for Level 1, generally aimed at 4 to 7 year olds to develop cycling, handling and awareness skills and builds confidence ahead of future training.

Bikeability Learn to Ride  

If you can balance but cannot pedal this is the course for you (children and adults). Generally taught after balance but before Level 1.

Adult cycle training 

If you are new or returning to cycling and would like help to gain confidence we can provide 1 to 1 sessions.

This will be charged at £20 per hour. 

Bikeability in schools and school holidays

Bikeability in schools

We provide Bikeability courses to schools in South Gloucestershire. 

For all course levels riders must:  

  • be able to already ride a bike 
  • have a roadworthy bike to use 
  • wear a properly fitted cycle helmet 

A consent form will need to be completed for children taking part in level 1, 2 and 3 courses.  

Primary school

Level 1 and 2

Delivered over multiple days for pupils in Year 5 and 6 and takes place in your child’s school.

A course if for 12 riders we can accomodate multiple courses subject to instructor availability and in agreement with the school.

Level 1 is taught on day 1 and is 1.5 hours in duration. Level 2 is delivered on day 2 and is 4 hours in duration. Riders must meet all level 1 requirements to progress to level 2.

If a rider is absent for the level 1 training they will not be allowed to take part in the level 2 course and will have to rebook. No refunds will be made if a rider is absent or does not progress to level 2.

Level 3

 This 2-hour long course is aimed at pupils who have already achieved Level 2 Bikeability. Training is on busier roads and more complex junctions.   

How to book
Email cycle.training@southglos.gov.uk  to book a course.

Schools can book courses a term in advance there is a fee of £5 per rider per course. We also charge a cancellation fee of £60 per course if a course is cancelled within a 30 day period of the start of the course.

Bikeability in school holidays

We offer school holiday cycle training courses.

All of our courses will be led by Bikeability instructors who are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and employed by our Road Safety team.

Course conditions

To take part in a Bikeability course all riders must:

  • have a roadworthy bike and be able to ride it
  • wear a properly fitted cycle helmet
  • have a signed and completed consent form

There is a fee of £5 per rider per course.

Bikeability levels

You can find out which Bikeability training session is most appropriate for you or your child as follows:

Bikeability Learn to Ride

 This is a course for children and adults who have not learnt to ride a bike.  It is suitable for children in Year 3 and above. 

Level 1

 This is a 2-hour long introduction to riding on the road.

Riders are trained to:

  • fit a cycle helmet correctly
  • carry out a basic bike maintenance check
  • carry out basic control manoeuvres such as signalling, looking behind and stopping quickly

Riders are trained in small groups in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park.

Level 2

This is delivered on quiet roads.

Riders are trained to:

• start and stop safely
• adopt the correct road position
• communicate with other road users
• being aware of who has priority
• safely pass parked vehicles
• manoeuvre in and out of junctions

Level 3

 This is delivered on busier and more complex roads.

Riders are trained to negotiate:
• roundabouts
• multi-lane roads
• traffic lights
• route planning where possible

Children must have completed level 2 before they can do level 3.

More information

For our courses to run we need a minimum number of children to be attending on the date. Locations of training may vary according to availability.

How to book

You can send an email to cycle.holiday@southglos.gov.uk.

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Contact us

For more information about Bikeability or to book a course you can contact us using the details in the contact box of this page.

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