Cycle training

Details of our practical training programme on the road.

Oxfordshire County Council Bikeability Course

When

  • Level 1 & 2: Tuesday and Wednesday 28 and 29 May
  • Level 3: Thursday 30 May

Where

How to apply

What is Bikeability?

To find out more about Bikeability, look at their website https://bikeability.org.uk

Your child will have the opportunity to take part in the Level 1 & 2 combined course (28 and 29 May 2019) totalling around eight training hours.

Level 3 (30 May 2019), totalling three training hours requires cyclists to be at least 10 years of age and having attained a Level 2 on OCC’s Cycle Training or Bikeability schemes (subject to an assessment).

Participants cycling/road safety skills will be continually assessed during the course and upon successful completion, a Level 1, 2 or 3 badge and certificate will be awarded.

To be able to attend this course

  • Your child must be nine years old on or before the first training session
  • Your child’s bicycle must be in a good roadworthy condition and will be checked by the course instructors(s) at the first session. If any repairs or maintenance is needed to make the bike road-safe, this MUST be carried out for your child to remain on the course. The Participants Hub on the Bikeability website offers free bike checks at Halfords if you wish to register https://bikeability.org.uk/participants-hub/
  • A correctly fitting helmet must be worn always during the training. Please also ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the training and weather conditions.
  • Your child should have experienced riding a bicycle and have reasonable bike control. The instructor(s) will observe this during the Level 1 session on the playground and assess if your child is ready for ‘on road’ training.
  • Must have familiarised themselves with the ‘Tales of the Road’ (pdf format, 11Kb), pages 17–19 and 24-29 regarding cycling.

Children are expected to behave sensibly and ride safely. They must not endanger themselves, other trainees, or other road users.  OCC’s Road Safety team have their own DfT National Standard Qualified Cycling Instructors. 

Please ensure young cyclists bring their own drinks, lunch and snacks along with suitable clothing.

Cycle training for children

The training is designed to help children aged nine and over to develop the skills needed to cycle in moving traffic. 

If you would like to find out more, please contact us

Where the training is and how much it costs

Cycle training takes place in our county primary schools. The training is free to both the schools and the child. It is funded by our road safety budget and is made possible by the volunteer tutors giving their services free of charge.

Contact your head teacher if you are interested in your child taking the course, or if you would like to be involved as a volunteer with the cycle training programme.

Some sports centres offer cycle training in school holidays, for which there is a charge. For example, Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre, Kidlington.

Who carries out the training

The training is carried out by volunteer tutors who have been trained by qualified staff.

How long it takes

Training takes a minimum of six 1.5-hour sessions. The school fits this into the school timetable, possibly doing one or two sessions a week.

What the child learns

The training starts off-road, probably on a school playground, to make sure the child has good control of their bike. The on-road sessions deal with starting, stopping, left and right turns and overtaking a vehicle. Your child will also study the Highway Code.

About testing and booking the test

The test is in two parts. Firstly, a Highway Code test usually done by the volunteers. The second part is the road test, to demonstrate that the child can start, stop, and do the left and right turns safely in traffic. This is done by the county's examiners.

Schools please go to cycling.induction.org.uk to book the test.

What equipment is needed?