Wokingham Borough Council is proud to have introduced Bikeability training at many primary schools and some secondary schools in the Borough. We also run Bikeability courses in the school Easter and Summer holidays.
Bikeability is the ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century – the scheme that gives children the skills and confidence they need to cycle in modern road conditions. It has been developed by Cycling England and the Department for Transport and is underpinned by the Government’s National Standard for Cycle Training. For further information visit the Bikeability website.
Bikeability cycle training helps children gain the skills & confidence needed to ride on roads. Check out some specially produced videos.
Who can join the cycle training scheme?
Children must be 10 years old before August 31, 2012 to take part and must attend training with a roadworthy bike and a properly fitting cycle helmet.
Bikeability courses (Combined Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeability training)
|10am-12 noon||Monday, 2 April to Thursday, 5 April 2012||Finchampstead Baptist Community Centre, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead, RG40 4ES||Full|
- Bikeability Level 1 training begins off-road, away from traffic (in a playground or closed car park area). Trainees learn to control and master their bikes. They then move onto local roads for Level 2 training, which gives them a real cycling experience, so that they are able to deal with traffic on short journeys, such as cycling to school.
- Trainees will be provided with literature for home study. At the end of the course trainees will be assessed and awarded badges and certificates as appropriate.
- Holiday cycling courses are led by qualified National Standard Cycle Instructors, who have all had recent CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks.
Be seen with a helmet and arm bands
Use our helmet order form to order your cycle helmet and reflective arm bands.
Read the Guardian article about how not wearing a helmet can have legal consequences for cyclists who suffer head injuries and sue for compensation. British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell made a short film about wearing a helmet when cycling after he was seriously injured in a cycling accident in America. His helmet saved him. Visit the Youtube website to watch the film.
Read about the helmet charity that has recently won the Lynda Chalker award.
Youngsters call for cycle helmet law.
Cycle training podcast
During the annual Wokingham Borough Community Conference in March, pupils from the Forest School in Winnersh created a podcast with Cycle Training Coordinator Jill Bissell. The podcast highlights some of the dangers on the road and how to keep safe. The password to download the podcast is: forestpodcast
Cyclists and HGVs
Read the article about how lorries are involved in two thirds of cyclist deaths in London.
National Cycle Network
Transform everyday journeys with ‘The complete National Cycle Network’ app – now available on Android.