An introduction to the new Cycle Training Delivery Guide 

We have worked with industry, including instructors, to update our delivery guidance.

August 30, 2023


We have worked with industry, including instructors, to update our delivery guidance. The changes make it more readable, the design more user friendly and we have added activity ideas that will help you continue to deliver engaging and rewarding Bikeability sessions. The updated guidance will not require retraining, but there are some changes to be aware of. 

The name has changed from Bikeability delivery guide to Cycle Training Delivery Guide. 

What’s in the guide?

The guide contains practices and principles that all instructors should be aware of when teaching children and adults with an expanded REPPROC. Each letter of REPPROC stands for what good cycle training should be: Realistic; Empowering; Positive; Progressive; Rider-led; Outcome–orientated; and Continuously assessed. 

It also includes updated guidance on the following: 

  • The Highway Code, safeguarding and risk benefit assessments, moving groups of riders 
  • Tips and strategies for supporting riders of all ages, abilities and needs 
  • Active learning and inclusivity 
  • The Bikeability programme outlined for those registered to deliver the programme 

New additions

The Ride Guide

The Ride Guide is a detailed description of how to cycle, both on and off road. It does not cover all scenarios but tries to be as comprehensive as possible. It explains safe and responsible cycling practice to help you to understand what to teach and be a good role model.  

Activity plans

The Activity templates provide a set of resources for teaching both in traffic free and on-road cycling environments. Presented broadly speaking in the order you would normally teach them.  

What else is new?

Appearance and approach

  • Additional resources – we have created a significant bank of new videos, photos, diagrams and illustrations. 
  • We have updated language used to be plain English and narrative style, this includes suggestions for when teaching, for example ‘Four key skills’ (four core functions).  

New or developed content

The following points are expanded on in the delivery guidance, but you should be aware that the themes listed have been clarified, or greater emphasis put on them.

  • Independent decision making  
  • Mindset of the rider 
  • Speed and gear choice at junctions 
  • Covering your brakes is a choice  
  • Clarity on the use of routines in training 
  • Encouraging a shift towards a journey approach when training  
  • Greater clarity on demonstrations from instructors and how they should be used.  
  • Moving riders  

Bikeability specific new or developed content

  • Risk Benefit assessment – introducing and recommending as a preferred approach.  
  • Safeguarding – higher profile and stressing the importance of a rigorous approach – with links to policy and training. 
  • More comprehensive guidance on Assessment 
  • Timings and ratios – and a clear list of what activities are expected at each level and in what order, and a minor tweak to even the timings for Level 2 with the number of riders. 

The fundamentals of the teaching programme have not changed. What should be taught and in broadly what order has not changed. 

We hope you enjoy using the new cycle training delivery guide and find it a useful tool. You can also watch a video that explains these changes.

If you have any comments or questions about the new guide, please use this link to send them to us. 

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