Bikeability Family

Bikeability Family is a training package to help people living in the same household to cycle together. By the end of the module, at least one adult householder should have demonstrated National Standard assessment criteria to least to Bikeability Level 2. They should be able to plan enjoyable group rides and help others develop their cycling skills and confidence.

Households can use this self-assessment prior to training, and again once training is complete., this assessment will help the instructor to best plan the household's training session. (Self-assessment is also available from your local training provider).

Enter your details for the self-assessment here.

This module is not suitable for children on balance bikes, or those who have not yet learnt to ride a cycle (i.e. are using stabilisers). There are other training modules which will be more appropriate for learning to ride.

To access the training module please search for and contact your local training provider here.


Households may use this self-assessment prior to training, and again once training is complete. This assessment should be shared with instructors leading the training, to  help plan training session. (Self-assessment is also available from your local training provider). Enter the self-assessment here.

Cycle check

All cycles must in working order and ready to ride. A great idea is to get all the households bikes to the local bike shop for a service prior to any training. Households must also learn how to check over their own bikes, to make sure they are ready to go before any ride, click here to learn the ‘M check’.

Helmet fitting

If helmets are required for training, each member of the household must be able to fit their own helmets. Click here to find out how.
helmet fit

commuter cycling along road

Clothing check

Cycling can be done in normal, everyday clothing. No one needs to dress up specially for this activity. However it is recommended that riders think about wearing clothes that are both bright and tight.

Brightly coloured clothing can be spotted more easily from a distance than dark colours, and clothing that is not loose and flapping is less likely to get caught in moving parts. Certainly don’t forget to tie up and tuck in those laces!

Riders must be aware of the seasons. In cold weather, several thinner layers will help retain heat and not restrict movement, and don’t forget gloves, because cold hands may struggle to brake.

In warmer weather, suncream should cover exposed skin, not forgetting the back of the neck, ears, nose and calf muscles.

Fix a puncture

If you are cycling as a family, unfortunately there is a chance that someone will get a puncture sooner or later! To be equipped to deal with this, watch this video from our friends at CyclingUK.

Route planning

An exciting part of the module is that each household gets to plan a family ride. Sessions last 2 hours, so it is suggested that the route is between 4-8 miles, depending on the ability of the youngest rider, and the ride will incorporate frequent stops for instruction.

Before the second training session, each family must plan a route from their home (unless another location specified by their training provider) to a local point of interest. This will need to be shared with the training provider for them to check it out prior to training also.

When planning a route, read these tips, and think about the following:

  • Can I make use of (or choose to avoid!) any cycle infrastructure?
  • Are there any local roads that I really do not feel comfortable taking my family on?
  • What is the condition of the local roads?
  • What is the most direct route? Do I want to take it, why? Why not?
  • What is the most beautiful route?
  • Where are the hills?
  • Can the littlest cope?
  • Will we get hungry, and can I carry food or stop on the way?

Households may choose to dig out the old paper ordnance survey map, or use the cycle function on Google maps.

Another great online route planner can be found here on CyclingUK’s website.

Group Riding

Households should think about the dynamics of riding as a group before training starts.

Some tips are available on this page, and in the Bikeability Parent’s Handbook, and think about the following:

  • Position the children who are most proficient at cycling at the front.
  • When you are on the road, ride as a unit and keep the together as one piece of traffic.
  • Negotiate junctions together rather than individually
  • If there are two adults in the group, have one adult in front and one at the back of the line.
  • If there is one adult in the group, ride side by side with the last child in the line, position yourself on their right. (The Highway Code advises you not to ride more than two abreast)

Get familiar with the ‘four core functions’

Good cycling is all about applying the following four things to every piece of road that you face:

  • Look – make good and frequent observations
  • Position – choose and maintain the most suitable riding positions
  • Communicate – signal intentions clearly to others
  • Prioritise – understand priorities on the road, particularly at junctions.

Watch how this looks in practice here.

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