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2 days ago

Go Velo

Oooh! A thank you card and chocolate! It’s lovely to be appreciated, but even better to know people are benefitting from our training. Great job Nathan, James and Simon, our all male, Level 3 Bikeability team this week and happy cycling Oliver, May all your journeys be full of fun! ... See MoreSee Less

Oooh! A thank you card and chocolate! It’s lovely to be appreciated, but even better to know people are benefitting from our training. Great job Nathan, James and Simon, our all male, Level 3 Bikeability team this week and happy cycling Oliver, May all your journeys be full of fun!

Comment on Facebook Oooh! A thank you ...

Well done again to you all. Fabulous feedback. :-)

Thanks Oliver, it was a pleasure teaching you.

5 days ago

Go Velo

Some lovely feedback from Pendle’s learn to ride session -
“Hi, just to say Thankyou very much for your support in teaching our boys 4 and 5 to ride their bikes. They were complete non riders as of last week and now can ride their bikes. You are a fantastic team and doing a great job, keep up the hard work. Special Thankyou to Ciara from Zain and Eesa” 👍
Well done Zain and Eesa! Happy cycling
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook 4456384881069598

Well done Go Velo. They clearly are really pleased with themselves and smiling away. 😀👍

Thank you Zain and Eesa. You did amazing!!🚲🚲

Inspiration over load. I love these vids, of kids!

Well done guys!! Great riding ❤️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️

Well done Zain and Eesa 😀🚲🚲

Joanna Watt this is what I mentioned the other day

Ciara Gostling ❤️❤️❤️

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6 days ago

Go Velo

With approximately 60 children a week ditching their stabilisers and riding independently with Go Velo, this is right up our street. It would be fabulous to see all of our new riders taking part in this. The Steven Burke Sports Hub is 1.1km in length, perfect for measuring these challenges.💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛AUGUST CHALLENGE💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛
It's here! The Big Cycle Challenge
⭐️Learn to ride
⭐️Remove the stabilisers
⭐️Complete 1k, 3.5k or 35k
⭐️ Cycle safe and sound

Every participant will be entered into our ⭐️PRIZE DRAW⭐️

🇫🇷Win a trip to to the Tour de France in September as it finishes in Paris. Receive your medals there! 🇫🇷

Only £7 🥇

www.thegreatbritishchildrenschallenge.co.uk/shop
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With approximately 60 children a week ditching their stabilisers and riding independently with Go Velo, this is right up our street. It would be fabulous to see all of our new riders taking part in this. The Steven Burke Sports Hub is 1.1km in length, perfect for measuring these challenges.

1 week ago

Go Velo

Our training will continue across East Lancashire. We have taken advice and are confident that our safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an extra precaution to ensure your safety, your temperature will be taken before signing in to our sessions. Please be reminded to socially distance, use hand sanitiser provided and then have a great time cycling with our superb instructors. ... See MoreSee Less

Our training will continue across East Lancashire. We have taken advice and are confident that our safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As an extra precaution to ensure your safety, your temperature will be taken before signing in to our sessions. Please be reminded to  socially distance, use hand sanitiser provided and then have a great time cycling with our superb instructors.

1 week ago

Go Velo

Some of you may be wondering how we train during COVID. We have put lots of measures in place to prevent spread of the virus including; social distancing and no hands on from our instructors, small group training, people kept with same instructors for the course and we are working outside in large open space too. We provide hand sanitiser, anti bacterial wipes, spray down all equipment before and after use, give away pens and wash all our hi vis at 60 degrees between sessions. Our participants sign to state they are COVID symptom free at the start of each session.
Here’s some feedback from our learn to ride session yesterday detailing some of our structure in place to deliver COVID safe cycling courses.
... See MoreSee Less

 

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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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2 days ago

Go Velo

Oooh! A thank you card and chocolate! It’s lovely to be appreciated, but even better to know people are benefitting from our training. Great job Nathan, James and Simon, our all male, Level 3 Bikeability team this week and happy cycling Oliver, May all your journeys be full of fun! ... See MoreSee Less

Oooh! A thank you card and chocolate! It’s lovely to be appreciated, but even better to know people are benefitting from our training. Great job Nathan, James and Simon, our all male, Level 3 Bikeability team this week and happy cycling Oliver, May all your journeys be full of fun!

Comment on Facebook Oooh! A thank you ...

Well done again to you all. Fabulous feedback. 🙂

Thanks Oliver, it was a pleasure teaching you.

5 days ago

Go Velo

Some lovely feedback from Pendle’s learn to ride session -
“Hi, just to say Thankyou very much for your support in teaching our boys 4 and 5 to ride their bikes. They were complete non riders as of last week and now can ride their bikes. You are a fantastic team and doing a great job, keep up the hard work. Special Thankyou to Ciara from Zain and Eesa” 👍
Well done Zain and Eesa! Happy cycling
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook 4456384881069598

Well done Go Velo. They clearly are really pleased with themselves and smiling away. 😀👍

Thank you Zain and Eesa. You did amazing!!🚲🚲

Inspiration over load. I love these vids, of kids!

Well done guys!! Great riding ❤️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️

Well done Zain and Eesa 😀🚲🚲

Joanna Watt this is what I mentioned the other day

Ciara Gostling ❤️❤️❤️

View more comments

6 days ago

Go Velo

With approximately 60 children a week ditching their stabilisers and riding independently with Go Velo, this is right up our street. It would be fabulous to see all of our new riders taking part in this. The Steven Burke Sports Hub is 1.1km in length, perfect for measuring these challenges.💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛AUGUST CHALLENGE💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛🚴🏾‍♂️💛
It's here! The Big Cycle Challenge
⭐️Learn to ride
⭐️Remove the stabilisers
⭐️Complete 1k, 3.5k or 35k
⭐️ Cycle safe and sound

Every participant will be entered into our ⭐️PRIZE DRAW⭐️

🇫🇷Win a trip to to the Tour de France in September as it finishes in Paris. Receive your medals there! 🇫🇷

Only £7 🥇

www.thegreatbritishchildrenschallenge.co.uk/shop
... See MoreSee Less

With approximately 60 children a week ditching their stabilisers and riding independently with Go Velo, this is right up our street. It would be fabulous to see all of our new riders taking part in this. The Steven Burke Sports Hub is 1.1km in length, perfect for measuring these challenges.

1 week ago

Go Velo

Our training will continue across East Lancashire. We have taken advice and are confident that our safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an extra precaution to ensure your safety, your temperature will be taken before signing in to our sessions. Please be reminded to socially distance, use hand sanitiser provided and then have a great time cycling with our superb instructors. ... See MoreSee Less

Our training will continue across East Lancashire. We have taken advice and are confident that our safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As an extra precaution to ensure your safety, your temperature will be taken before signing in to our sessions. Please be reminded to  socially distance, use hand sanitiser provided and then have a great time cycling with our superb instructors.

1 week ago

Go Velo

Some of you may be wondering how we train during COVID. We have put lots of measures in place to prevent spread of the virus including; social distancing and no hands on from our instructors, small group training, people kept with same instructors for the course and we are working outside in large open space too. We provide hand sanitiser, anti bacterial wipes, spray down all equipment before and after use, give away pens and wash all our hi vis at 60 degrees between sessions. Our participants sign to state they are COVID symptom free at the start of each session.
Here’s some feedback from our learn to ride session yesterday detailing some of our structure in place to deliver COVID safe cycling courses.
... See MoreSee Less

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!

BOOK ONE OF OUR COURSES NOW

WE CAN EVEN OFFER EXTRA COURSES ON DEMAND, SO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PREFERRED DATES

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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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