Cycling is one of my great loves so when the opportunity came up for me to be able to share that love with others, particularly younger riders just getting into this fabulous activity, it was an obvious step to get involved.
Working directly for Suffolk County Council as part of the Road Safety Team, I visit primary schools to deliver nationally funded training through the Bikeability program.
What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is the government’s national cycle training programme, delivered across England by professional, qualified instructors. It helps those interested in cycling to learn practical skills and, more importantly, to understand how to cycle on today’s ever more busy roads.
It is delivered across three defined levels, ranging from level 1 which deals with basic cycling skills through level 2 which takes place on the road, looking at negotiating parked vehicles and junctions, right through to level 3 which tackles some of the more challenging things that cyclists can face out on the road.
Level 1 & 2 is often delivered to primary school aged children in year 5 or 6 to provide them with the skills and confidence in riding on the road, while level 3 is aimed at those in secondary school or adults new to cycling.
FREE Family Cycling Sessions
The Suffolk Roadsafe team also offer FREE family cycling sessions, designed to help you and your family to get out and cycle together. For the younger ones, it’s aimed to bring them up to a Bikeability Level 2 standard of riding but the sessions are flexible and your instructor will tailor the session to your needs.