Bikeability cycle training equips children with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing.
After Bikeability, children are better at responding to risk and report increased confidence. As a result, more children cycle to school which in turn improves mental health and wellbeing. This allows children to get more out of the classroom, improving their attention span and engagement. Healthier habits lead to increased attendance and improved academic results. Bikeability goes beyond a training course; it impacts children’s lives.
The Department for Transport funds Bikeability cycle training for schools. The Bikeability Trust distributes this funding across England to local authorities. However, not all schools currently receive funding – if you don’t, but you want to, get in touch with your local authority.
We want to help you embed active travel into your school.
You already know the benefits, but we’ve made it easy to encourage active travel. As well as Bikeability training, we have developed a toolkit of curriculum-linked resources for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. These “Tools for Schools” include:
Presentations and leaflets to explain Bikeability to your pupils and their familiesDiscover Bikeability
Learning resources, packed full of engaging lessons linked to the curriculumLearn with Bikeability
Resources to help showcase Bikeability in your schoolShowcase Bikeability
Fun cycle-themed activities, perfect for wet playtimes or homework tasks.Cycle more and have fun!
FAQs for schools
How can I arrange for Bikeability to take place at my school?
Bikeability cycle training for schools is funded by the Department for Transport, which is distributed via local highways authorities. Please get in touch with your local highway authority direct to find out more about funding in your area.
Is Bikeability training free for my school?
Most Bikeability training is free, thanks to funding from the Department for Transport. Some areas ask for an admin fee and you will be told this before training starts.
Can SEND schools take part in Bikeability?
Of course! We work with SEND schools across the country and all of our instructors are SEND trained. Please get in touch with your local highway authority direct to find out more about funding in your area.
Do you offer training for e-cycles or e-scooters?
We don’t currently offer training for e-cycles or e-scooters. You must be over 14 years old to legally ride an e-cycle. Read the latest government guidance for electric bike rules.
Privately owned e-scooters and electric skateboards cannot be used legally on the road or pavement. Some areas are currently running trials for the rental of e-scooters, but you must hold a driving license to use one.
Tools for Schools in action
In January 2021, we launched a competition in partnership with Frog Bikes. The challenge? Design your own cycle jersey, using our Tools for Schools activity. One lucky winner would win their own Frog Bike.
Then, England entered lockdown. Suddenly, everyone needed activities to keep their children entertained. Yet again, parents had to juggle childcare with working from home. Our Tools for Schools came to the rescue!
Over 1000 children entered our competition. Every single entry was fantastic. Children loved designing their dream jersey – and parents and teachers loved that it kept them busy!
Our winning entry stood out thanks to its eye-catching frog design and brilliant sequins. We loved the added sparkle – and a great way to stay visible whilst cycling too.
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Stories from our Bikeability champions
“I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. “
“It really is a joy to watch our son Josh cycle with a big smile on his face and it brings a tear of happiness to our eyes.”
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