Cycle training to the National Standard ensures that pupils are confident on the roads. Since 2006/7 via the CDT project this training is being offered for all pupils in years 5, 6 and 7 in all Bike It schools, past and present.
Since 2009/10 this training has been offered to all local schools.
!By November 2010 almost 2,000 pupils in Lancaster & Morecambe schools had received Bikeability training!
Bikeability, the 'Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century' is an award scheme for the National Standards,at the end of the course pupils will receive Bikeability badges and certificates.
Bikeability provides appeal and incentive for children and parents alike to undertake quality cycle training to ride safely and well on today's roads.
Cycle training is the vital life-skill required before 'more children cycling, more safely, more often' can become a reality, and all the associated benefits of a new generation of young people cycling can be realised - including better health and fitness for cyclists and less congestion for us all.
For more information go to www.bikeability.org.uk
Bikeability in Lancaster and Morecambe
Bikeability is run by qualified trainers either via Pedal Power or City Council casual trainers to children in years 5 - 7 (although sometimes we will train older children too).
There are many benefits to pupils from learning to cycle; its great for their health and independence, they learn better, and gain a life skill.
The courses will take place during school time on the same day each week, over 4 x 2 hour sessions. It takes place on the playground and on quiet roads. It will teach pupils skills for cycling safely and assertively so that by the end of the course most of them will be able to cycle independently on quiet roads and on our network of off road cycle paths.
What does my child need?
Each child participating will require a suitable fitting, safe roadworthy bicycle, and it is recommended that they also wear helmets. Please sign overleaf if you do not require your child to wear a helmet during the training. Please ensure that your child brings his/her bicycle, helmet and suitable clothes on the allocated dates. The course will continue in wet weather unless it is very severe so a waterproof jacket is recommended.
Bicycles will be safety checked at the beginning of each session and simple adjustments may be carried out by qualified mechanics; if bikes are found to be unsafe and cannot be fixed easily they cannot be used so your child may not be able to participate.
Does my school offer Bikeability?
Free Bikeability training is offered to all Bike It schools, past and present (see list here).
Thanks to a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT) we can now offer Bikeability to all local schools and other local youth groups. This training is offered free until the end of March 2011.
If you want your child to take part in this training and their school is not listed then either get in touch with us or ideally get in touch with the school to ask why they haven't signed up.
We are also offering Bikeability as part of the school holidays activity programmes - look on our What's on pages for more details.