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Information For Parents

Parent’s Handbook – Advice on Cycling With Children

Content from the Association of Bikeability Schemes www.tabs-uk.org.uk

This resource will give you an idea of what your child covered at each Bikeability level. It will suggest things you should consider before going on a ride with children. And it will give tips and suggestions on how to ride together or in a group.

Remember Bikeability has shown your child how to ride safely and well to the National Standard for Cycle Training.

This page will highlight particularly important aspects such as road position, how to tackle turnings, junctions or obstacles. It also gives advice on how to ride as a group following the principles of Bikeability.


What is Bikeability and what has your child covered at each level?

Bikeability is based on the National Standards for Cycle Training, developed by over 20 expert bodies. Bikeability is designed to give children the skills and confidence to cycle on road.

Bikeability Level 1

New riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park.

Level 1 covers how to:

  • prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
  • get on and off your bike without help
  • start off, pedal and stop with control
  • pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
  • look all around and behind, and control the bike
  • share space with pedestrians and other cyclists

Bikeability Level 2

Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.

Level 2 covers how to:

  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do
  • know where to ride on the road
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

Bikeability Level 3

Level 3 equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling.

Level 3 covers how to:

  • prepare for a journey
  • understand advanced road positioning
  • pass queuing traffic
  • perceive and deal with hazards
  • understand driver blind spots
  • react to hazardous road surfaces

Planning, Equipment Check and Bike Check

Road Position

Cycling with Children

Passing, and Junctions