Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century. Using Bikeability training we aim to get more people cycling, more safely and more often.
Our level 1 & 2 courses are aimed at children in school years 5, 6 and 7 and take 8 hours to complete. They are conducted by National Standard trainers on behalf of the Department for Transport who provide funding for this scheme.
The national standard outcomes fall into three levels:
Part of the course takes place on local roads therefore children will already need to be able to ride their bike confidently without wobbling. Children's bikes must be in good roadworthy condition. The Borough of Poole recommend a well fitted helmet and provide yellow waistcoats to trainees.
On completion of the course outcomes children will receive a Bikeability certificate and badge.
The Borough of Poole is currently planning its training programme for 2015. Schools eligible to apply for free Bikeability training include Primary, Junior and Special Schools with students in years 5,6 & 7 able to receive free training.
Junior Schools (Combined Level 1 & 2 Bikeability)
Baden-Powell and St Peter's CE VC Junior School
Branksome Heath Junior School
Broadstone Middle School
Canford Heath Junior School
Hamworthy Park Junior School
Haymoor Junior School
Oakdale Junior School
Primary Schools (Combined Level 1 & 2 Bikeability)
Bearwood Primary and Nursery School
Bishop Aldhelm's CE VA Primary School
Heatherlands Primary School
Hillbourne School and Nursery
Longfleet CE VC Primary School
Manorside Primary School
St Joseph's RC VA Primary School
St Mary's RC VA Primary School
Talbot Primary School
Turlin Moor Community School
Schools can contact the Bikeability team on 01202 262000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a course.
Your school may already have signed up to receive Bikeability sessions. Contact your school direct to find out if sessions are scheduled for this year or register your interest in a future Bikeability course.
Bikeability at Rossmore Leisure Centre
If you can't wait to do Bikeability at your school, then we offer training at Rossmore Leisure Centre during some of the school holidays.
The two day course will costs £5.
Phone Everyone Active Rossmore on 01202 738787 to enquire about availability.
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This 3-session course is aimed at adults who want to regain their cycling confidence or learn to ride a bike. The course starts at 2 p.m. outside the main reception of the Civic Centre. There is a pay and display car park at the Civic Centre. Poole Park offers some limited parking, toilets and refreshment facilities.
The whole 3-session course cost £25 including hire of a bike if you require one.
You will need:
A bike which is in roadworthy condition (or you can hire a bike from us when booking)
We recommend that you bring a cycle helmet (helmets and hi-vis waistcoats are available if you are hiring a bike from us)
Appropriate footwear, clothing and sunscreen as you will be outside for the afternoon.
Children aged 10-16 years old can participate but should be accompanied by an adult.
- New course dates will announced for 2015 shortly.
You can call 01202 262000 to register your interest. Payment is accepted by debit or credit card.
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New healthy cycle rides will be taking place from the Civic Centre. 1 hour healthy cycle rides in Poole. The led rides will start from the Civic Centre but much of the rides will be in Poole Park, Baiter and Whitecliff parks.
Aimed at people who want to improve their fitness and confidence cycling. The routes have been chosen to be easy for most people to cycle in 1 hour and are mostly on flat, quiet roads and traffic free routes. They will be led by experienced ride leaders. There will be an opportunity for participants to socialise with the other group members in one of the cafes in Poole Park at the end of the ride. Bikes can be booked to loan for the ride. The next bike rides in Poole will be on:
2.00pm Saturday 2nd May, Upton Country Park
10.15 am Tuesday 5th May, Civic Centre, Poole
- 10.15 am Tuesday 2nd June, Civic Centre, Poole
2.00 pm Saturday 6th June, Upton Country Park
~To book please email email@example.com or call 01202 262000. You will need to print and complete the health questionnaire in the downloads section on this page and bring it with you to give to the ride leader.
The Poole Leisure Cycling Group meet on the first Saturday of the month between April and October at the Upton Country Park Tea Rooms courtyard at 2pm. The group ride around the Holes Bay with a refreshment stop at Hamworthy Park. There is a ride leader and back marker so nobody gets left behind. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.
Regular health and leisure cycle rides also take place from Kingston Lacey and Moors Valley Park.
The next rides in Poole will be on:
- Upton Country Park Saturday 4th April 2015
- Upton Country Park Saturday 2nd May 2015
If you require one-to-one Bikeability training you can find an independent provider in your local area by using the Bikeability Near You search on the Bikeability website. Please contact the individual providers for prices and schedules.
Cycle to Work
Once you’re confident of your cycling ability, why not consider cycling to work for all or part of your journey?
Cycling to work is a great way for you to get fit and healthy. Ask your employer if they are signed up to the Cycle to Work Guarantee. This is a voluntary initiative from the Department for Transport, challenging businesses to become cycle friendly employers by making it easy for staff to cycle to and from work.
And if you haven't got a bike ask your employer if they have a 'Cycle to Work Scheme' in place. Businesses can sign up to the scheme and offer their employees the opportunity to spread the cost of getting a bike and accessories over a set period as a tax-exempt benefit.
More information is available on the businesscycle website.
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