Bikeability teaches children (primary and secondary) how to ride their bikes safely on the road. It is available to all schools in the county.
Bikeability Fix (two hours)
Teaches basic maintenance skills and how to carry out minor adjustments to bike.
Bikeability Balance (three hours)
Teaches balance as a first stage to riding a bike for younger children.
Learn to ride (four hours)
A basic introduction to riding a bike.
Primary school training
Level one (two hours)
This teaches basic bicycle control skills on the school playground.
Level two (six hours)
This takes place on quiet risk-assessed roads near to the school. Children learn about the best position to ride on the road, how to pass parked cars and how to do left and right turns into both major and minor roads.
Secondary school training
Level three (two hours)
This takes place on busier roads with more difficult junctions.
Want to become a cycling instructor? Enrol on a National Standard Instructor Training course and, once qualified, you'll be able to provide bikeability training to schools, youth groups and private sector organisations.
About the course
A four day course is followed by a post course assessment once you've gained some real experience.
The four days are a mixture of theory and practical sessions. The practical work takes place in both traffic free areas and on the road.
During the course you'll learn about:
different teaching methods
how to engage with groups
how to carry out risk assessments
Post course assessment
The post course assessment can be arranged at a later date once you have gained some practical experience. It involves one or two observed sessions of you teaching a group.
When you have completed the course you will be accredited as a National Standard Instructor Provisional (NSIP). Once you've completed the post course assessment you'll become fully qualified - National Standard Instructor Qualified (NSIQ).
Costs (per person)*
Four day course: £470
Post course assessment: £115
*Prices are for courses held in County Durham. You may need to pay travel and accommodation expenses for the trainer if the session is outside the county.
Group discounts are available if you book for 6 to 12 people.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement of this course.