Tuesday 29 March 2016

Bikeability Awards

Well done to our latest batch of Bikeability cyclists. Now that they have earned their Level 2 accreditation, they will be able to access the Redbridge & Olympic trips as well as our monthly cycle club.

At first I thought I wouldn't be able to pass because I found it hard to balance on my bike. However the staff really helped me and I now feel much more confident. I can't wait to go on the cycle club trips!
Holly Turner - aged 10

What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is a cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

What do you do at Level 2?

Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. At Level 2 you can:

  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do
  • know where to ride on the road
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

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