Developing Cycle Skills

Developing confidence on two wheels is one of the key things we do. From getting kids going on balance bikes, running learn to ride sessions, all the way through Bikeability and beyond. Our surveys show that if kids had their way, most of them would be biking to school.

We can help set up skills sessions. Information on incorporating cycling in PE can be seen here. More activity ideas can be viewed here. An example risk assessment for a cycle skills session can be found here.

Cycle skills can be an ideal confidence booster prior to Bikeability - it normally boosts update.



Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels:

Level 1: Riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground. Typically in Bedfordshire this is taught to Y3/4, but can be suitable for younger or older children depending on the circumstances. Teaching staff can also get involved!

Level 2: Takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Typically in Bedfordshire this is taught to Y5/6, but can be suitable for older children depending on the circumstances. Once again, teaching staff can get involved. 

Level 3: Equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. This would suit Y7 and above and can be of real benefit to teaching staff, not only those interested in cycling to school, but also to gain an understanding of the needs of more vulnerable road users.

Bikeability Plus: There is a small amount of funding available in Bedfordshire for Bikeability Plus, a programme with activities which augment Bikeability. Contact a provider below to find out more.

Find out more about Bikeability here.

There are some useful lesson plans and activities to augment Bikeability available here.

Contact Your Local Bikeability Provider


Nathan Burge (,,
07771 852894)


Bedford Borough:

Kieron McNab Outspoken Training (, 01223 473820)


Central Bedfordshire:

Richard Cooper, Ridingabike (,, 07765 880440)

Chis Stevenson, Cycle 4 Life (,, 07941 956840)

Go Ride

British Cycling's Go Ride programme can include school clubs. The organisation runs CPD sessions and can be a great way to get curriculum outcomes in PE. For secondary schools, it can be incorporated into GCSEs, with Y10s and Y11s perhaps helping to coach younger pupils in a bike club. Click here for a case study showing how Sustrans can support this.

The school can invite British Cycling in to run Go Ride sessions. Contact Catherine Ruffley if you are interested. Catherine can bring bikes suitable for Y5 and up. For younger pupils, they would have to bring their own bikes.

Cycling is included in the Bedfordshire School Games. Y6 pupils can get involved. Contact your local SGO for details. Catherine can organise L1 introductory races at your school. The L3 games will take place at Priory Park in Bedford on 27th June 2018.

If the school is interested in investing in a fleet of bikes, Sustrans may be able to support you. Please get in touch.

Click here to find out more.

Details and dates of British Cycling's Coaching for Schools Qualification can be viewed here.

British Cycling's Go Ride for Schools brochure can be viewed here.

Click here for a skills development pathway for pupils.