Bikeability Levels 1, 2 & 3
Funding – background
The majority of funding is provided by the government (Department for Transport) via a grant programme which is administered by the Bikeability Trust to local authorities across England. Further funding can be provided by local authorities, parents’ contributions and other national/regional grants or local sponsorship.
Bikeability is organised and delivered locally by registered Bikeability providers who can come to your school, club or workplace, or meet you for an individual session.
A lot of Bikeability training takes place at schools, in Years 5-7. If you’d like to bring Bikeability to your school, or find out when Bikeability is taking place, please contact your school.
If the training you would like wouldn’t normally take place through a school (for example, training for clubs, families or adult training), you can search for a local provider using our search function (this will include your local authority, if they provide Bikeability), and you can contact all or any of them to find out more.
Once the Bikeability course is booked the local Bikeability provider will be in touch to confirm all that is needed beforehand.
Riders taking part need to have a bike in a roadworthy condition. The Highway Code’s ‘Rules for cyclists’ gives guidance on roadworthiness but, as a starting guide, the bike should be the right size for the trainee, have pumped up tyres and two working brakes. Some Bikeability providers offer loan bikes for trainees who don’t have a suitable bike available – check with the school or Bikeability provider to see if bikes can be provided.
Training is usually delivered in groups with different instructor to rider ratios depending on the level most commonly there are 2 instructors per group of 12 at Level 2. The training is split across several sessions in one or more weeks and all providers follow the modules and activities in the Bikeability delivery guide to deliver the three Bikeability levels. Find out more about the levels here.
For individual courses, the instructor and trainee rider agree a plan for the training session and agree a meeting point. Trainee riders should tell the instructor what they want to learn to make sure they get the most out of their training.