The National Standard for Cycle Training


The National Standard for Cycle Training is a statement of competent cycling and cycling instruction. It sets out the skills and understanding needed to cycle safely and responsibly and to enable others to cycle. The standard provides the basis for Bikeability and a range of adult cycle training programmes.

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The National Standard aligns with established national standards, including the national standards for driving and riding mopeds and motorcycles that underpin driver and rider training. This is important because alignment with these standards provides a platform for communicating the National Standard to other road users, and encouraging better shared road use.


The National Standard can be used by anyone, but is intended particularly for cycle riders, other road users, cycling instructors, driving instructors, cycle training providers, standard setting bodies, awarding organisations, education and training providers, and producers of learning resources.


The National Standard is a holistic statement of cycling competence for all people, embracing all abilities; who ride any type of cycle; everywhere cycling is permitted; in all weather and traffic conditions and at any time of the day or night.
The National Standard promotes the use of systematic routines. In all cases this involves independent decision making when performing the core functions that underpin safe and responsible cycling: Making good and frequent observations; communicating intentions clearly to other road users; choosing and maintaining the most suitable riding positions and prioritising road use particularly at junctions.


Please check back for updates, as some videos which demonstrates cycling to the National Standard are currently being produced, and will be available to view soon.

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