Bikeability is a cycle training programme (modern version of cycling proficiency) delivered to children in primary schools by a cycle training team.
Bikeability is a cycling training programme aimed at school children but which delivers wide-ranging and long-lasting benefits to young people, families and communities. Bikeability supports the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school whilst also giving pupils practical skills and an understanding of how to cycle on today’s roads safely.
Bikeability is delivered by the Bikeability trust on behalf of the Department for Transport and has three levels:
• Level 1- Controlling the bike in a traffic free area.
• Level 2- Making a journey on quieter roads with simple junctions. (10 – 11-year olds at Junior schools)
• Level 3- Making a journey on busier roads, more complex junction roundabouts, traffic lights and using multi lanes. (12+Year olds at secondary/high schools)
• Additional modules have also been developed such as a mechanics model which teaches children how to fix a puncture.
Children who successfully complete Bikeability are awarded a certificate, badge & handbook.
There are 117 local authorities that receive funding to deliver Bikeability training. When they deliver they must deliver through a registered Bikeability provider (A company that has all the policies, procedures and checks in place with professional instructors who deliver the training including having all the appropriate first aid and safeguarding training and insurance in place)
The training is delivered using the 80/20 rule: -
80% active learning
20% talking to the children

Resources needed

Funding from government.
A cost schedule guide-
2 Instructors
24 trainees 2 hours of instructor time for prep
2 hours of instructor time
1 central admin cost
£134.00 per 24 trainee course
£5,58 per attendee

Evidence of success

Trained over 3.5 million children
2100+ active registered standard instructors
340 active registered Bikebaility providers

Difficulties encountered

Due to the success of Bikeability, the industry has reached a point where national demand for training now outstrips the level of funding from central government.

Potential for learning or transfer

As this scheme has now been roll out in to all regions of the UK it has proven that transferability is relatively easy as long as you have the support from government and cycling organisations and the correct trainers in place to help deliver the programme of activity.
The trust has a toolkit available to help other organisations/countries which are wanting to set up similar training.
Specifically, there is a guide which contains:
• Template project plan
• Supporting documents
• Evidence
• Template presentation to help gain political support

Main institution
West Midlands, United Kingdom
Start Date
October 2017
End Date


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