Cycle training for children
Hampshire County Council has a commitment to encourage more pupils to travel to school in a safer, more sustainable, and where possible, healthier way to school.
Cycling can be one of the choices available to pupils and their families either for this journey or for leisure activities, and so to support this choice, we provide pupils with the opportunity to undertake Bikeability Level 2 and 3 cycle training. Bikeability Level 2 is available to Years 5, 6 and 7 and the more advanced Level 3 is available to children in Years 7, 8 and 9 that have already achieved Level 2 standard.
Our programme aims to develop children as responsible and safe cyclists and to help them understand how they can help to protect themselves on the road by wearing a helmet and bright clothing.
Bikeability is the government’s flagship cycle training programme, providing child development in the classroom, on the playground and out on the roads. The training is divided into three levels, providing facts, tips and practical skills at each stage.
Level 1: Children learn to control and master a bike
Level 2: Children are given a real cycle experience dealing with traffic on short journeys and taking on a variety of safe manoeuvres.
Level 3: Children are confronted with a variety of traffic conditions as they learn the skills that will allow them to cycle from home to school safely.
The training doesn’t stop on the road, as teachers are provided with a wide range of classroom resources and children can access a fun learning zone.
Thanks to the hard work of Hampshire Schools Cycling Partnership (HSCP), and the wonderful support of the schools in the county, more children are gaining the skills and confidence to cycle safely on the roads then ever before.
The HSCP is a consortium of the leading cycle training providers in the county. They work hard to develop the level 1, 2 and 3 training and are always developing new and innovative ways to get the most out of the children.
Consortium consisting of Mountbatten School, Pedal Power Training, Bridgemary School and British Cycling.
Funding for Level 3 Bikeability 315kb is now available, allowing children to achieve this advanced level of cycle training absolutely free! Secondary schools across the county are been encouraged to get students onto bikes, taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
If you would like to discuss Bikeability Level 3 for your school please contact the road safety team at Hampshire County Council. Aaron Gallimore is the Senior Road Safety Oficer leading on Bikeability and is full of information, ready to address your cycling needs!
Please contact us for further information on any of the above subjects or additional road safety matters.