6.1. Pre-training risk assessment (formal RBA)
You have a ‘duty of care’ for everyone involved in your cycle training course. This includes the riders, other instructors, people in the environment, the organisations you work with – and yourself.
Documents you may need include:
- consent forms – riders or their parents/guardians can communicate any medical, health or special educational needs and disabilities/additional learning needs
- group registers – to record the progress of each rider or any adjustments made to cycles
- off-road RBA which is site specific
- on-road RBA which is site specific (for activity locations and routes)
- incident reporting form
Considerations for your site-specific risk assessment could include:
- weather (is it likely to be very hot, windy, cold or wet?)
- lines of sight – you must be able to see riders at all times
- average speed of other road users
- number of other road users
- types of road users
- pavement space
- start and stop points
- whether you’re working with a co-instructor or not
- alternative routes in your plan
- Choose sites that enable you to carry out activities in the ‘goldilocks zone’ – that is, not too challenging, not without challenge, but just challenging enough for your riders to develop.
- Make sure the location matches the riding activity, and that riders can ride a fair distance while practising.
- There must be space to stack cycles so as not to disrupt pedestrians or damage property. Make sure cycles do not get stolen!
- As riders learn new skills, look for locations with more traffic. This will give riders the chance to interact with other road users.
- Plan where to position yourself at each location. Make sure at least one instructor can observe riders on road, as well as those who are watching their friends.
- Think of places and landmarks that your riders will find interesting.
- Use accessible routes and infrastructure for different types of cycles.
Before you begin any session:
- check the organisation’s guidance – for example, what are the school’s policies regarding
- visitors, or use of mobile phones?
- make sure all cycles have been checked and are safe to use on the road
- know the location of a defibrillator for both on- and off-road training