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Cycle Training

Free Bikeability courses for children

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:

  • Level 1 - offers bike handling skills in a controlled environment away from roads.

  • Level 2 - is taught on road and teaches you to cycle planned routes on minor roads offering real cycling experience.

  • Level 3 - will ensure cyclists are able to manage all traffic conditions.


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 2016. 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 transportationhelpdesk@poole.gov.uk 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.

  • 4th & 5th August 
  • 25th & 26th August


The two day course will costs £5.

Phone Everyone Active Rossmore on 01202 738787 to enquire about availability.

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Cycle Training for adults

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.

We provide:

  • Experienced cycle trainers

  • A bike, helmet and hi-vis jacket if requested when you make your booking

Children aged 10-16 years old can participate but should be accompanied by an adult.  

You can call 01202 262000 to register your interest. Payment is accepted by debit or credit card.

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Healthy cycle rides

New 1 hour healthy cycle rides will be taking place 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 are led by experienced ride leaders. There is 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 bike rides will be on the first and third Tuesday of the month:

  • 10.15 am Tuesday 3rd November, Civic Centre, Poole
  • 10.15 am Tuesday 17th November, Civic Centre, Poole

There will be no health rides between December - February and rides will resume in March 2016

The Poole Leisure Cycling Group meet on the first Saturday of the month during British Summer time at the Upton Country Park Tea Rooms courtyard, BH177JB, at 2pm.  The group ride around the 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.    

Next rides:

  • Saturday 2nd April 2016

  • Saturday 7th May 2016

  • Saturday 4th June 2016

To book  the Civic Centre based rides please email transportationhelpdesk@poole.gov.uk 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.

Breeze bike rides for women

Breeze rides are about bringing out the fun, friendly elements of cycling, and regularly involve a break for coffee and cake along the way. Whether you prefer a gentle pootle along the seafront, or a tough ride out into the forest, you are guaranteed to find something to suit you. Best of all, they are totally free to join!

There is a ride on Sunday 27th September  starting opposite Rockets & Rascals bike & coffee shop, in the Odd Bins car park area.   

To find out more and sign up for a ride visit http://www.goskyride.com/Breeze/|


One-to-one Adult Bikeability Training 

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.

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Contact us


01202 262000

Transportation Services
The Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

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