Funding & Delivery

How are Bikeability Levels 1, 2 & 3 and Bikeability Plus funded, and how are they delivered? Further information is given below.

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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.

Arranging Training

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.

What happens?

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.

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Bikeability Plus

Who can deliver Bikeability Plus?

Qualified instructors registered with the Department for Transport (DfT) deliver Bikeability and Bikeability Plus. Many schools use external cycle instructors, but school staff can also be taught to deliver Bikeability and/or Bikeability Plus themselves. This will involve attendance at a multi-day training course to become a qualified instructor registered with the DfT, and then participation in on-going quality reviews. Having ‘in-house’ trainers means there are no further external costs, so this may be a good solution for a larger school or staff who work at more than one school.

What about funding for Bikeability Plus?

Most Local Highway Authorities and some School Games Host Organiser Schools receive grant funding from the DfT to deliver Bikeability and Bikeability Plus, with a small proportion currently spent on Bikeability Plus. Other sources of funding schools may decide to use include for Bikeability Plus include PE, Sport and Pupil Premium funding, as they feel is appropriate to the module and the childrens’ needs.

Fees charged by external training providers to deliver Bikeability Plus vary depending on the module, timing, number of trainees and other factors. Contact your local registered Bikeability scheme to check which modules they offer, whether they can offer instructor training for school staff and estimated costs.

Talk to your local Bikeability provider about the options.

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