What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is much more than a cycling training programme. It delivers wide-ranging and long-lasting benefits to young people, families and communities. Bikeability is today’s 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.

Bikeability is underpinned by the National Standard for Cycle Training which sets out the detailed outcomes needed for the three levels below and the training programs for qualified National Standard Instructors.

There are three levels of Bikeability training:

– Completing Level 1, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a motor traffic free environment. Watch this video to find out more about the Level 1 Journey.


– Completing Level 2, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads. Watch this video to find out more about the  Level 2 Journey.


– Completing Level 3, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on busy roads and using complex junctions and road features. Watch this video to find about more about the Level 3 Journey


In 2016 we are delighted to offer the new Bikeability Plus modules in; Bikeability Balance and Bikeability Learn to Ride.

Bikebility Balance; This module is a great introduction to cycling and Bikeability. Bikeability Balance is a series of school-based sessions that aims to prepare children in Reception and Year 1 with the basic balance and co-ordination skills they will need to learn to ride and take part in Bikeability Level 1, using games and balance bikes to develop their handling and awareness.

Bikeability Learn to Ride; Bikeability Learn to Ride sessions are for children who are unable to cycle. This includes those struggling to master the skill, children who are ready to make the move to riding with pedals after Bikeability Balance, or adults who have never learnt to cycle. Sessions will be taught in small groups, in a pressure free environment.

Supporting the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school, Bikeability can contribute to: attainment, personal, health, social and economic education (PHSE), citizenship and British values, emotional health and wellbeing, school sport and physical activity, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) as well as cross-curricular opportunities. The programme also aims to sustain participation in cycling activity in England.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “We firmly believe that bikeability not only supports a young person gaining the skills to cycle safely on the roads, it contributes to a range of personal and whole school outcomes and we strongly recommend schools ensure every young person has the opportunity to receive Bikeability training.”

The Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, a registered Bikeability Scheme, manages the delivery to young people in Chesterfield. The training is targeted at Year 5&6 pupils and is delivered by our delivery partner Wheely Fun Wheels. We have developed a successful ‘Early Rider’ balance bike training programme and festival for Reception and Year 1 pupils and are working on a cycle training pathway to ensure young people have all the skills to choose cycling as a sport, mode of transport or to lead an active lifestyle.

Our ambition over the next 4 years is to deliver Bikeability training to over 10000 young people in Chesterfield as they progress through the pathway od learning to ride.

To find out more about how Bikeability can support your school, click here.

To book your school please contact Mark Tournier or Alastair Meikle