On Road training is headed up by Wendy Creed, a
qualified instructor involved in the gearing up process
of Bikeability from September 2006 - March 2007 before it was rolled
out nationally and also part of the Bikeability accreditation
scheme, having worked with the government appointed independent consultants.
Furthermore in recent years, the DfT have
also written a 'Best
Practice Guide to Inclusive Training' guide based on
contributing various studies they have carried out. Click on
the above link to download it.
GIFT eVouchers are available at 3 different prices
3 different levels of Bikeability:
On Road Cycle Training
in the 21st Century.,
be safe, look & live longer.,
Basic grounding for live …
What's the difference between
Bikeability and National Standards?
Wherever I teach, I always go out
first and do specific site risk assessments of the area to be used. Bike
checks are also done prior to going out on the road and hopefully
parents/teachers will tell me if any of the children that have learning
for example a deaf child who can lip read, or because of the
coursework assignments, if a child has dyslexia or if they are colour blind.
There is no reason why any of the above should prevent someone participating but
from a Health & Safety angle I do need to know, it's important so that the right
provision can be made to accommodate their needs, bearing in mind we do work out
on the roads and I do encourage traffic to act normally, rather than giving way
and lulling the students into a false sense of security. Check your
Highway Code ... amongst others, flashing headlights don't mean a thing!
** There are always
exceptions to the rule of thumb - I have worked with teenagers who
have never cycled before and need all the help they can get having a
greater sense of fear due to their age as well as youngsters of 4
who cycle regularly and with their parents on road, who although
know no fear as such, are equally very streetwise as a result.
Hence the flexibility as it comes down to ability more than it does
NB. The purchase of Bikeability goodies such as the badge and
certificate is optional at an additional charge of £2.50 per level/course
otherwise RSCT issued certificates will be used. And a
surcharge may be applicable depending on both the number of
students/groups requiring training and potential travel costs
depending on where I am teaching. We are flexible and prepared
to go countywide so please don't ever think you are too far away for
me to come to you. Furthermore, whatever perceived
problems there may be, there are always ways around these things so
please talk to us before dismissing any ideas about training you may
Our Rules for Cycle Training:
1. Learn by participation & practice
2. Be seen but above all, look and live longer ..
3. Listen and be aware of the environment around you
4. Communicate with other road users:
i. Hand signals ii. Eye Contact iii. Road Position
5. Ultimately., have lots of FUN and enjoy all cycling has to offer ..
training scheme including all policies required by law, has been
checked and and cleared by an independent government representative.
Further as an instructor, I have also been observed and monitored by
an independent appointed consultant who then wrote up and submitted
a report on me to the CTSB to ensure that the high standard we
commit to achieve is maintained. Something that all other
instructors will eventually do themselves but this was for the
Bikeability pilot. I have since gone on to train as an
Instructor Trainer under the auspices of Cycle Experience as well
but continue to teach at the same time.
What is the difference between
Bikeability and National Standards? Absolutely none in terms
of what is taught and how - Bikeability however, is how an
instructor runs their training scheme having been vetted first if
you like. It involves tailoring all the policies required such
as Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities, Lesson planning, Complaints
Procedure and Child Protection, to oneself or one's organisation and
registering it once checked that it is complete and both legally and
reasons to cycle
1. Cycling exercises most of the muscles in your legs and bum
so its an excellent way to tone these areas.
2. Its a practical way to keep fit. 75% all personal journeys are
less than 5 miles long thats half an hour on a bike.
3. Its cheaper than joining a gym! Bicycles require no MOT, no
insurance, no licensing and above all no fuel. Bicycles can be
parked almost anywhere for free.
4. Switching short journeys from car to bicycle will benefit both
your health and community. You'll be helping to reduce noise, air
pollution and traffic congestion too.
5. Riding a bike can help you maintain a healthy weight. Average
cycling burns about 300 calories per hour and gives a level of
fitness equivalent to being 10 years younger.