What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
There are three Bikeability levels. A child will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike, with 10-11 year olds progressing through to Level 2, and then Level 3 at secondary school (11-18 year olds). Certificates and shiny luminous badges for each level are awarded to children who successfully complete each course and children are encouraged and inspired to achieve all three levels, recognising that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike.
Bikeability was developed by more than 20 professional organisations including the Royal Society for Prevention against Accidents and is supported by cross-Government departments including the Department for Transport, Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families.
So far, more than 250,000 young cyclists have been trained and hundreds of thousands of coveted Bikeability badges have been awarded. The aim is for half a million children to be Bikeability trained by 2012 and the ultimate vision is that no child should leave primary school without the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training.
Getting on your bike is a great way to make journeys by yourself and will help to keep you fit and healthy. Find out more about the benefits of cycling.
If you are a child and you want to do your Bikeability, speak to your mum, dad or guardian. Or hassle your teacher at school! More information about getting involved.