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.

We now offer:

  • balance
  • level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability training

Our balance training is currently aimed at children in reception and year 1, and is designed to help children learn to ride a bike without stabilisers.

Our level 1 and 2 courses are aimed at children in school years 5 and above. Level 3 is aimed at children who have done level 1 and 2, however, it is an advanced course so please contact us for further information.

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 3 levels:

  • level 1 - offers bike handling skills in a controlled environment away from roads
  • level 2 - is taught on roads 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 level 1 and 2 course take place on local roads, so children will need to be able to ride their bike confidently without wobbling. Level 3 takes place on busier roads and those taking part will need to be confident on local roads. Children's bikes must be in good roadworthy condition. We recommend a well fitted helmet, and we provide yellow waistcoats to trainees.

On completion of the course outcomes children receive a Bikeability certificate and badge.


All schools are eligible to apply for free Bikeability training.

Schools can contact the Bikeability team on 01202 262198 or email 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 in Poole Park

Free Level 1/2 and Level 3 Bikeability cycle training course for children in Poole Park.

We still have places on our Level 3 summer holiday training.

  • Monday 24 August 2pm to 4pm: 2 places left

We can also offer courses on Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August depending on the level of interest. Each course can only run if fully booked.

We will be taking bookings on a first come, first served basis.

Level 1/2 is currently a 7 hour course taught in groups of 6. It teaches your child to cycle on quiet roads. To take part, your child must be in Year 5 or above and be able to ride a bike without wobbling as they will need to remove a hand from the handlebar to signal a change of direction when riding on the road.

Level 3 is a 2 hour course taught in groups of 4. This teaches children to plan their own journeys and to use busier roads. The children will learn how to pass queuing traffic and infrastructure such as roundabouts. To take part, your child must be in Year 5 or above and have completed their level 1/2 training. This is an advanced course so please contact us to discuss whether your child will be ready for this.

If you are interested, please contact the Walking and Cycling Team on with:

  • parent or guardian's full name
  • mobile telephone number for emergencies
  • child's full name
  • school and year group

One-to-one adult Bikeability training

Our team of Bikeability instructors provide cycle training for anyone age 18 or over who lives, works or studies in Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch.

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.

If you have not 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.

Page last updated: 17 August 2020
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