Bikeability Club Newsletter – October 2019

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Grant Shapps – Secretary of State for Transport joins a Bikeability class

1. Welcome

For new subscribers – thank you for signing up to receive this newsletter from the Bikeability Trust, for previous subscribers – welcome back!

If you haven’t yet, do check out our new(ish!) website: www.bikeability.org.uk with lots of advice and resources in the Bikeability Club and Cycle More pages.

All those taking part in Bikeability (and their parents/teachers too!) don’t forget you can access a free bike check at your local Halfords.

And the good news is that the government has just announced a boost for Bikeability cycle training funding in 2020/21 which should fund approximately 400,000 training places. The announcement has support from Ministers across government departments. Download the full press release here [150kb PDF].


2. Bikeability Ambassadors – we need you!

We are looking for parents who are interested in becoming Bikeability Ambassadors for The Bikeability Trust. This would involve voluntarily providing a small amount of time every so often to act as a sounding board for future projects and/or working with us to develop stories and quotes about your families’ cycling experiences.

If you are interested in finding out more please email: contactus@bikeability.org.uk


3. This month’s story: Bike to School Week 2019

This year we teamed up with Sustrans to promote Bike to School Week in September (23rd to 27th) and encouraged children (and families) to cycle more during the week. We received lots of great stories about what people around the country got up to on their bikes which can be read here.

We were particularly impressed by all the activity at Lazonby School, Cumbria, and the preparation that went in to ensure that as many pupils as possible took part. Read about their achievements here.

You can submit your own stories too about your family cycling activities via our website – take a look here. We’d love to hear from you!


4. Top tip of the month: Be ready for Bikeability

Before your Bikeability training and, of course whenever you go on a ride afterwards it is important that your bikes are in good working order, and your helmets fit properly. Plus, to get the best from your ride you need to think about the weather and plan accordingly! We have prepared a very simple guide here to help you.



  1. Make sure your saddle, handlebars and wheels are fixed on tight
  2. Ensure both your front and rear brakes work properly
  3. Run through all of your gears
  4. Clean and oil your chain regularly
  5. Check your tyres are pumped up





5. Take part – make a difference!

We are supporting the road safety charity – Brake to promote Road Safety Week (18 – 24 November) and encourage schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety. There are lots of useful resources on their website – flyers, logos, text etc. and you can tag them on Twitter (@BrakeCharity and use #RoadSafetyWeek #StepUp) and Facebook.


6. Competitions & Offers

Well done to Carrum from Wolverhampton, the winner of the third of 4 Carrera bikes. Carrum has now received his prize and is very much enjoying it!

The next draw for the on-going Carrera bike competition is: w/c 25th November 2019 and the winner will be announced within a couple of weeks of that date.


7. NEW Teacher Resources

We have just added a few new resources to the School Resources page on the Bikeability website, including

  1. A guide to help teachers prepare for training – Setting up your Bikeability course – Teacher Guide
  2. A presentation to help teachers explain what Bikeability will involve – Schools Bikeability Presentation

PS – Over the winter we will be revising, updating and adding content to the School Resources page and will keep you posted!

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