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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
  • surface 
  • whether you’re working with a co-instructor or not
  • alternative routes in your plan 
  • location: 
  • 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