Cycle skills for children (level 1 and level 2)
Cycle skills for children follows the established Bikeability training programme (levels 1, 2 and 3). Courses are run in schools during term time. Holiday courses are run during Easter and summer holidays. Dates and locations are published in the run up to the holidays.
Dates of the courses are published in the run up to the holidays.
Term time school courses are:
- run from February to November during term time
- for those in school years five and six
- arranged with the school, so contact your school for more information
Holiday courses are:
- for children in year five or above at the time of booking
- for children who either live or attend schools in the borough
- offered on a first come first served basis, so early applications are advisable once the dates have been announced
- you can book a holiday course using the 'holiday booking form' on the right hand side of the webpage.
About the courses
Each course usually lasts five days with a two hour session each day. Four day courses are run for small groups although there may be variations to this programme depending on weather, bank holidays and timing of school breaks. Courses cover:
- bike checks
- control skills
- highway Code
- on-road cycling on quiet public roads
Feedback is given throughout the course. Trainees are assessed on bicycle control, general road awareness, the ability to safely pass parked cars or junctions, and junction turns. There is also a multiple choice questionnaire to check their understanding.
Children who complete the course receive a badge and certificate (handed out at the school). The certificate shows that their cycling is of a satisfactory standard to cycle to school unaccompanied, on quiet roads. We recommend and can provide further Bikeability Level 2 training to those who have achieved Bikeability Level 1, either through holiday courses or on a one to one basis.
Six months to one year after completing Bikeability Level 2, children are entitled to complete an advanced Bikeability Level 3 course. We'll contact you about the course - or you can email us to find out more.
Schools in Kingston can also receive scooter training for children in years 1 and 2. The training, which is delivered by accredited cycling instructors, not only increases skills but also improves confidence, awareness and consideration of other pavement users. Courses are set up according to demand from individual schools, so please enquire with your school or contact us.
Note: We can now also offer balance bike training for children in school year 3 and above
You can book the course by using the 'holiday booking form' on the right hand side of the webpage.