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1. Bikeability - Learning to Ride From Stabilisers to Cycle Lights 2. From Stabilisers to Cycle Lights; What is Bikeability? Learning to ride a bike safely goes way…
  • 1. Bikeability - Learning to Ride From Stabilisers to Cycle Lights
  • 2. From Stabilisers to Cycle Lights; What is Bikeability? Learning to ride a bike safely goes way beyond the initial transition from stabilisers to two wheels; helmets, protective clothing, cycle lights, the highway code and general road safety are all part of the equation. Once the training wheels have come off, it's time to get down to serious business. Bikeability, a country wide scheme that aims to bring the somewhat outdated cycling proficiency programme up to speed, offers three stages of development for children of primary school age upwards, taught by accredited providers. From the fundamentals of road safety to the ability to carry out a basic maintenance check on their bike and its safety features, such as brakes and cycle lights, Bikeability gives children and young people the confidence to deal with the possible dangers of today's roads, whilst promoting independence and responsible travel.
  • 3. The Bikeability Levels Bikeability course providers offer training on site, at schools, to those who wish to participate in the scheme. The first level of Bikeability can be undertaken at any age once a child has learnt to ride a bike. The basic handling skills required to do so safely are taught and practiced in the confines of a traffic free environment, usually the school playground. At the ages of 10 to 11, children can advance to level 2 of the scheme. Practicing in real traffic conditions on quiet roads, participants will build the confidence to undertake short haul journeys and learn the basics of standard safety considerations such as using the correct cycle lights in low visibility conditions. Those advancing to level 3 will deal with more complex road situations and traffic environments, graduating to a level of confidence and ability fit for most cycling journeys.
  • 4. Understanding Cycle Lights and the Law and the Highway Code Many of today's short haul bike commuters are unfamiliar with the regulations of the highway code and unaware of the basic laws regarding cycle lights and such. Riding in designated pedestrian areas and on pavements, not understanding the rules of cycle lanes and not displaying the correct standards of lights and reflectors are all common occurrences that can, in the worst circumstances, lead to on the spot fines. Being educated in these basic areas not only ensures safety, but promotes responsibility. The scheme also works closely with schools to offer an environment in which cycling is promoted and instils a sensible attitude towards the use of protective clothing, helmets and cycle lights that is paramount to road safety.
  • 5. Resources: Learning-to-Ride-From-Stabilisers-to- Cycle-Lights&id=7110481
  • 6. Thank you for reading!
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