Schools may remember 'Cycling Proficiency' scheme which many people participated in as children. The modern replacement is called Bikeability, the main difference between this and the old scheme are the instructors are all trained to the national standards and will ride with the trainees on local roads.
The course starts in an off-road environment and will progress to local roads. If children do not reach the requirements (ability to ride in a straight line whilst looking behind or riding with one hand) they will not progress to the level 2 section of the course. The course aims to develop a logical procedure to cope with traffic with the minimum risk. It will only give children basic level of cycling competence on which they will need to build and should not be regarded as a guarantee of their safety.
Children who are offered a place on the course are expected to attend every lesson. It is essential that:
- Children wear a cycle helmet
- The bicycle is a suitable size and in roadworthy condition (two brakes)
A cycle inspection takes place during the first lesson, and students with un-roadworthy cycles will not be able to continue. Trainees will be continually assessed and will graduate from the course as they reach the required standard.
The course is taking place during the summer holidays at:
- Great Bradfords Primary School on Thursday 27 July 2017 and Friday 28 July 2017, 9am-1pm.
- Chelmsford Athletics Centre on Wednesday 9 August 2017 and Thursday 10 August 2017, 9am-1pm