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4 hours ago

Go Velo

Its been a busy week - Bikeability Level 1/2 in Pendle and Lancaster, Bikeability Level 3 in Pendle, 2 x Sofa to Saddle courses in Oswaldtwistle, Adult learn to ride / improvers in Preston and Burnley and Adult Training with Lancashire Police.
We also got some great feedback from Holy Saviour School in Pendle, well done team Pendle lead for the first time by Sam Peel - great job!!
"Just a quick email to say how fabulous the trainers from Go Velo were in school. The children have had a fantastic time and the results from the non riders has been amazing to say the least. Thank you to all of the team for being so proactive and using time so efficiently so that every child was able to get the most out of their training"
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2 days ago

Go Velo

Another day working with Lancashire Police, having trained up officers from across the County. Officers are now trained to Level 3 Bikeability and have been given basic bike maintenance training, so will be using their bikes for work. Thanks for having us in! ... See MoreSee Less

Another day working with Lancashire Police, having trained up officers from across the County. Officers are now trained to Level 3 Bikeability and have been given basic bike maintenance training, so will be using their bikes for work. Thanks for having us in!

4 days ago

Go Velo

Here’s Carly Glover from Burnley Council’s Park’s Department. We met Carly when setting up our Dr Bike session in Townley Park last month. The Council have got some new electric bikes through the Access Fund Grant and wanted to make sure their staff used them safely. We set up some on road training for the team, but first taught Carly to ride a bike as she hadn’t learnt to ride earlier in her life! Well done to our instructors Gillian and Adrian who were involved in the training and to all those who took part today! Big thanks to Connecting East Lancashire for enabling this to happen FREE! ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Go Velo

Good morning from Pendle and an early start getting things in place for the rest of the day. Happy cycling everyone, it’s a beaut! ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning from Pendle and an early start getting things in place for the rest of the day. Happy cycling everyone, it’s a beaut!
 

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Bikeability is run at levels: Level 1 consists of basic bike handling skills in a traffic free environment, Level 2 is held on quiet roads and Level 3 is personalised training to suit the individual's requirements.

BIKEABILITY TRAINING

Go Velo runs a recognised Bikeability Scheme registered with the Department for Transport. Bikeability is the modern version of Cycling Proficiency, designed for current road conditions to teach how to ride a bike confidently. There are certificates and badges for each level.

BIKEABILITY – Level 1-3 Overview

Level 1

At 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. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. At Level 1 you can:

 

  • Prepare themselves for a journey
  • Check the cycle is ready for a journey
  • Set off, pedal, slow down and stop

Level 2

Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. At Level 2 you can:

 

  • Cycle safely and responsibly
  • Identify and respond to hazards
  • Start and stop on-road journeys
  • Maintain suitable riding positions
  • Share the road with others and communicate with other road users
  • Comply with signals, signs and road markings
  • Manage risk when cycling

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 training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school. At Level 3 you can:

 

  • Plan a journey
  • Plan to and ride assertively everywhere cycling is permitted
  • Maintain suitable riding positions
  • Cooperate with and respect other road users (including avoiding driver blind spots and riding with others)
  • Pass queuing traffic and use junctions controlled by traffic lights (if present)
  • Use cycle infrastructure and multi lane roads (if present)
  • Ride on roads with speeds above 30 mph (if present)

Bikeability – The details

Planning

You should plan where you are going and how long it will take. Make sure all the family, or group, can cope with the distance, terrain and hills.

Check all equipment and make sure you have food and drink if necessary.

 

Make sure everyone has suitable clothing and be prepared for changes in weather.

 

Make sure everyone is clear on the order you will be cycling in and how you will tackle turnings, junctions or obstacles.

 

Ensure everyone’s shoelaces are tied and that there is nothing hanging down that could get caught in the chain or brakes.

Equipment Check

Ensure helmets fit tightly around the circumference of the head and the strap is secure below the chin, with enough room for two fingers between the strap and the chin.

Bike Check

Before you set off on any ride, check all bikes in the group are in good working order. Remember your ABC: A – air, B – brakes, C – chain.

 

Brakes – check the front brake by rolling the bike forward and applying the brake. The bike should stop quickly. Ensure you can fit two fingers between the brake lever and handlebar. Roll the bike backwards to check the rear brake.

 

Tyres – squeeze the sidewall of the tyre to check the air pressure. There should be no give and the tyre should feel solid.

Road Positioning

One of the most important things children learn as part of Bikeability is where to position themselves on the road.

 

Primary Position In the middle of the lane. This is the default road position for cycling on busy roads and complex junctions. It gives you the greatest control of your road space. It offers most options for avoiding hazards and makes you more visible to other road users.

 

Secondary Position Giving up some of the lane. This position provides sufficient space and visibility when you need to share the road, riding to the left of the traffic stream. It should be used when there is plenty of space for you to be overtaken.

 

Position in Traffic Stream Ensure that you and your children ride in the traffic stream when you need to. This should prevent a driver from passing too close.

 

This is especially relevant when passing parked cars and junctions and on narrow roads. Always avoid riding in the gutter to miss drain covers and debris as well as to be more visible.

Cycling With Children

Ride confidently and position yourself where you are most visible.

 

Riding behind your children Riding behind your children will often be the most practical option. Ride behind and slightly to the right, where you can see your children and ride at their pace. This will create more space between them and the passing traffic. Ensure that you are close enough to hear each other. Encourage your children to check behind regularly to check you are still close.

 

Riding as a group It is a good idea to position the children who are most proficient at cycling (e.g. trained to Bikeability Level 2) at the front. If there are two adults in the group then the best option is to have one adult in front and one at the back. If there is only one adult, make a considered decision about whether it is safe enough to have more than two children in the group.

 

Riding side by side You may ride side by side with your children, positioning yourself on their right. (The Highway Code advises you not to ride more than two abreast.)

Passing Cars and Junctions

Passing Vehicles and Side Roads Bikeability teaches your child how to cycle past side roads, pass parked vehicles and overtake slower traffic. To pass correctly, this means looking behind and ahead, understanding who has right of way and moving out when there is time and space to do so.

 

Anticipate the manoeuvre before your children reach a side road or pass parked cars.

  • As you approach, ensure that there are no cars close behind and move into the primary position.
  • Move into primary position before your children so that drivers are prevented from passing on the approach to the junction.

 

You can use the same process when approaching traffic islands, ‘pinch points’ or when riding on narrow streets where there is not enough room for a cyclist and a driver to safely pass each other.

 

Passing a side road, the cyclist has right of way over the traffic coming out of the side road.

 

Junctions Bikeability teachers your child what to do at junctions.

T-junctions, side roads, crossroads and roundabouts are all negotiated using the same basic sequence.

 

  • Look behind and ahead, note rights of way, judge time and space
  • Communicate by signalling your intentions if other road users are present
  • Position – when time and space permit:
  • approach the junction in primary position
  • hold primary position through to the junction exit
  • select primary or secondary position (as appropriate) to continue the journey.

 

Multi-lane roads and junctions – Only Level 3 teachers multi-lane and major road skills. Be sure that you are confident in your group’s abilities before cycling on these roads.

Turning

When turning right: You must check over your right shoulder for overtaking traffic including people on bicycles, before completing the turn.

 

Turning right into a minor road, oncoming traffic on the major road has right of way.

When turning left: You must check over your left shoulder for undertaking traffic, including people on bicycles, before completing the turn.

 

Turning left onto a minor road, the cyclist has right of way.

Give way line When approaching a ‘give way’ line:

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4 hours ago

Go Velo

Its been a busy week - Bikeability Level 1/2 in Pendle and Lancaster, Bikeability Level 3 in Pendle, 2 x Sofa to Saddle courses in Oswaldtwistle, Adult learn to ride / improvers in Preston and Burnley and Adult Training with Lancashire Police.
We also got some great feedback from Holy Saviour School in Pendle, well done team Pendle lead for the first time by Sam Peel - great job!!
"Just a quick email to say how fabulous the trainers from Go Velo were in school. The children have had a fantastic time and the results from the non riders has been amazing to say the least. Thank you to all of the team for being so proactive and using time so efficiently so that every child was able to get the most out of their training"
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Go Velo

Another day working with Lancashire Police, having trained up officers from across the County. Officers are now trained to Level 3 Bikeability and have been given basic bike maintenance training, so will be using their bikes for work. Thanks for having us in! ... See MoreSee Less

Another day working with Lancashire Police, having trained up officers from across the County. Officers are now trained to Level 3 Bikeability and have been given basic bike maintenance training, so will be using their bikes for work. Thanks for having us in!

4 days ago

Go Velo

Here’s Carly Glover from Burnley Council’s Park’s Department. We met Carly when setting up our Dr Bike session in Townley Park last month. The Council have got some new electric bikes through the Access Fund Grant and wanted to make sure their staff used them safely. We set up some on road training for the team, but first taught Carly to ride a bike as she hadn’t learnt to ride earlier in her life! Well done to our instructors Gillian and Adrian who were involved in the training and to all those who took part today! Big thanks to Connecting East Lancashire for enabling this to happen FREE! ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Go Velo

Good morning from Pendle and an early start getting things in place for the rest of the day. Happy cycling everyone, it’s a beaut! ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning from Pendle and an early start getting things in place for the rest of the day. Happy cycling everyone, it’s a beaut!

GO VELO OFFERS A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE RANGE OF CYCLE ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE NORTH WEST

Courses can be arranged anywhere in the North West with our qualified instructors.

Bikeability Training

Go Velo runs a registered Bikeability Scheme. Bikeability is like the old cycling proficiency – but is even better! Its designed for current road conditions and progressively teaches how to ride a bike confidently. We can even teach you how to ride a bike!! Certificates, badges and booklets are issued for each level.

ADULT CYCLE TRAINING

If you don’t cycle and want to learn how, haven’t ridden for a while or even want to use your bike as a mode of transport then this FREE training could be just the ticket. Bikes and helmets can be provided.

INCLUSIVE CYCLE TRAINING

Inclusive Cycling – Go Velo provides cycling opportunities and experiences for everyone wishing to take part, including riders with a disability. Go Velo makes every effort to include everyone and actively seeks specialist equipment where necessary to enable full participation.

EVENTS

Go Velo loves events! Globe Velo 24 and The Santa Ride saw riders taking part at The Steven Burke Sports Hub raising money for charity. If you want to promote cycling and sustainable transport or raise money for charity, get Go Velo to come down and support your event with our Ride leaders, pedal powered Smoothy Maker, Dr Bike and Try a Bike roadshow.

SAFE URBAN DRIVING

Go Velo in partnership with Specialist Training & Consultancy Services are offering the Safe Urban Driving course. This course is approved as a 7 hour course by JAUPT for Driver CPC aimed at professional drivers who need to attend 35 hours of Driver CPC training every 5 years.

BIKE MAINTENANCE

Let Dr Bike have a look and diagnose any problems. Minor ailments will be remedied on the spot, anything more serious will be given a prescription. This fab scheme is offered to schools, colleges, places of work, in fact to whoever wants it!

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TO BOOK INSTANTLY ONTO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE COURSES, CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT COURSES PAGE. OR CLICK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE ADULT TRAINING PAGE.

 

Cycling as a leisure activity, a sport and a means of travel is equally suitable for the very young, the very old, male and female, and riders with a disability. It is universally popular. We are able to help just about anyone!

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