During Level 2 National Standards confidence training you will get out on the quiet roads! Level 2 gives you a real on road cycling experience so that you are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to the shop or to school. You will usually be trained in small groups of cyclists (maximum 6 per group), although individual training may also be available in your area.
Once you have completed your National Standards Level 2 training and been awarded your certificate, you will be able to:
- Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles
- Be aware of everything around you and know when and how to signal your intentions to other road users.
- Position yourself properly on the road and pass side roads
- Use junctions including turning left and right into major and minor roads
- Decide whether a cycle lane will help with your journey
- Use the Highway Code, particularly when it comes to understanding road signs
Get geared up
Before you put your National Standards Level 2 into practice out on the roads, make sure you've got the right equipment; it doesn't even have to cost a lot of money.
- Choosing a set of wheels – there are loads of different bikes to choose from such as road-racing, mountain, BMX or hybrid. Decide what you want a bike for then visit your local bike shop to find out which one suits you best
- Get kitted out – whatever the weather if you’re likely to be cycling every day, you might want to invest in some waterproof gear to keep yourself dry on your way in to school or work (you can pick up over-trousers and waterproof jackets at cycling shops or outdoor stores). When cycling, make sure your shoes are tied and the laces don’t hang down
- Brighten up being safe is all about being seen. When cycling in the day wear bright coloured clothes and if you're cycling after dark make sure you wear reflective clothing and make sure the lights on the front and back of your bike are both in working order
- Helmet make sure your helmet fits your head. For a proper fit, the helmet should fit snugly and shouldn't allow any sideways movement, adjust the back, sides and chin strap to ensure a secure fit.
- Secure your bike hundreds of thousands of bicycles are stolen across Britain every year, so don’t let yours be one of them get a lock and put it through the frame wherever you leave your bike, taking anything that is easy to steal with you (lights, pumps etc)