Devon County Council has provided Bikeability cycle training for over 76,000 children since 2007, as well as helping adults brush up on their cycling skills and improve their confidence.
Devon County Council (DCC) has given over 76,000 children high-quality cycle training in the last 12 years, and helped many adults learn to ride, gain confidence and identify suitable cycle routes. It is hoped that the sessions delivered in Exeter will aid progress towards the target of 50% of Exeter-originating trips to be made by active modes of travel, by equipping people with the skills to cycle safely throughout their lives. This is a key component of DCC’s strategy to get more people cycling, more safely, more often. Cycle training will help improve people’s health and wellbeing, reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and improve road safety.
A range of free Bikeability courses are provided to schools, colleges, groups and individuals. Bikeability Level 1 teaches children basic cycle skills in an off-road area, and is followed by Levels 2 and 3, which provide experience on quiet and more challenging roads, respectively. Bikeability Balance and Bikeability Learn to Ride courses are also available for younger children to gain balance and bike-handling skills.
The training is based on the government-approved National Standard for Cycle Training, a “comprehensive guide to cycling well”, and thus participants can be confident they will gain “the skills and understanding needed to cycle safely and responsibly”. Bikeability supports the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school, and contributes to academic attainment, physical literacy and cross-curricular opportunities.
Adult ‘cycle confidence’ sessions are also available and have been found to be similarly beneficial. All adults in Devon are entitled to a free two-hour cycle training session.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said:
“Bikeability training is providing the next generation of cyclists with important skills and road safety awareness that they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives”
- Devon County Council has provided Bikeability cycle training for over 76,000 children since 2007.
- The sessions have an average rating of 9.4/10, with participants reporting that their cycling ability and road safety awareness increased almost twofold
For more information, and to find out how to register for the courses, please visit https://www.traveldevon.info/cycle/cycle-training/
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