Level 1 Bikeability Cycle Training

Gaining control and confidence on your bike

Bikeability Level 1

During Level 1 Bikeability training, you learn skills to control and master your bike. The training takes place in an environment away from traffic – usually in a playground or closed car park. You will gain basic cycle control skills including starting and pedalling; stopping; manoeuvring; signalling and using the gears on your bike. You will usually be trained in groups of 3-12 cyclists, although individual training may also be available in your area. These are the same outcomes your child may have been taught on the Bikeability level 1 course in their school.

Once you have completed your Bikeability Level 1 and been awarded your certificate, you will be able to:

Complete the following

  • Demonstrate understanding of safety equipment and clothing
  • Carry simple bike check
  • Get on your bike, start cycling, then stop and get off without help
  • and more besides.....

  • Ride your bike using the gears
  • Control bike with one hand
  • Make your bike go where you want it to, including moving around objects safely
  • Stop quickly if you need to
  • Look all around you when you're riding, including behind, without wobbling
  • Share space with other cyclists and pedestrians
  • Give your bike a simple check to ensure it is road-worthy
  • Top Tips

    Here are our top tips for keeping your bike in tip-top condition:

    • Tyres – make sure your tyres are pumped up. Give them a pinch to make sure they are hard. If they feel soft they will need pumping up. Check they are not worn down and that there are no bulges in the tyre.
    • Brakes – test them before every ride and make sure they are not rubbing against the tyres
    • Chain – make sure it’s not hanging off, broken or rusty
    • Saddle – make sure it’s adjusted to the right height. Too high or too low and it won’t be comfortable or safe. To get the right height, adjust the saddle until you can stretch your leg out and comfortably place the ball of your foot on the ground. This means that when your pedal is at its lowest position, your leg should be slightly bent
    • Lights and reflectors – if you’re planning on riding at night make sure the lights on the front and back of your bike are both working and not covered up by mud or other objects. It is a legal requirement to have a red rear reflector when riding at night as well as amber pedal reflectors if your bike was manufactured after Oct 1985 (RVLR regs 13,18,24). You should also use your lights when the visibility is low, such as in bad weather
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