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6 days ago

Go Velo

Behind the scenes we don't always get things right. Todays Homer Simpson moment was contacting Kelbrook School to organise a collection of one of our bikes. After much confusion and searching of the premises for our lost bike, school owner and I realised that I may have called the wrong "school”. I had called Kelbrook Shooting School instead- lots of laughter and apologies followed. Our missing bike has been retrieved from Kelbrook Primary School and is now secured back at the ranch! ... See MoreSee Less

Behind the scenes we dont always get things right.  Todays Homer Simpson moment was contacting Kelbrook School to organise a collection of one of our bikes.  After much confusion and searching of the premises for our lost bike, school owner and I realised that I may have called the wrong school”. I had called Kelbrook Shooting School instead-  lots of laughter and apologies followed. Our missing bike has been retrieved from Kelbrook Primary School and is now secured back at the ranch!

1 week ago

Go Velo

Training update

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils taking part in Bikeability will be our priority

🚴 We will honour all existing year 6 school bookings from March 8th and will call to confirm the booking this week

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils that have missed out on Bikeability this year will have the option of catching up with the training in the Summer term.

🚴 Holiday activity will go ahead from April 12. This will mainly be focused on Bikeability Level 1/2/3 for year 6 pupils to ensure they do not miss out before leaving primary school......but we will of course put on our very popular learn to ride courses too. Watch this space for eventbrite links.

🚴 Adult training will resume from April 12.

Our training is conducted within Government guidelines for Corona Virus. We social distance, use regular and frequent hand sanitiser and provide anti viral wipes and spray if you are using our equipment. Please contact us for our risk assessment if you are concerned.

The above plan could change depending on Government guidelines but it’s looking good for now.

Thanks all - please get in touch if you have any queries.
We can’t wait to see you all again
... See MoreSee Less

Training update

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils taking part in Bikeability will be our priority 

🚴  We will honour all existing year 6 school bookings from March 8th and will call to confirm the booking this week

🚴  Schools with year 6 pupils that have missed out on Bikeability this year will have the option of catching up with the training in the Summer term. 

🚴  Holiday activity will go ahead from April 12. This will mainly be focused on Bikeability Level 1/2/3 for year 6 pupils to ensure they do not miss out before leaving primary school......but we will of course put on our very popular learn to ride courses too. Watch this space for eventbrite links. 

🚴 Adult training will resume from April 12. 

Our training is conducted within Government  guidelines for Corona Virus. We social distance, use regular and frequent hand sanitiser and provide anti viral wipes and spray if you are using our equipment. Please contact us for our risk assessment if you are concerned. 

The above plan could change depending on Government guidelines but it’s looking good for now. 

Thanks all - please get in touch if you have any queries. 
We can’t wait to see you all again

Comment on Facebook Training update ...

Hope Great Harwood Primary and Mr Woodruff's class are on your list.

4 weeks ago

Go Velo

Two weeks after receiving the innovation grant to train people with SEND, we received some news that Go Velo had been donated some fabulous adapted bikes. Today was a very moving day, as the bikes, including hand crank bikes, tandem trikes, wheel chair adapted bikes and power assisted tandem/ trikes have been donated by Barry Howarth. Barry cycled with Pendle Forest until he had an accident on a club run 30 years ago. He was left paralysed, but continued cycling with his wife Betty using the adapted bikes. Barry passed away last week but wanted to give his bikes to Go Velo as knew we would make good use of them. We are so grateful for them and know that so many people will make use of them in the future. Barry was always fun to talk to and always came and chatted when we were at work at the hub, the Go Velo team will miss him lots. We will make a donation in his memory to spinal research and keep in touch with Betty who is keen to see the bikes in action. ❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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A really lovely story. 👏👏👏👏👏Wishing you well with them Kirsti.

Excellent, Alan Roper and myself got to know Barry at the Steven Burke Sport Hub he would be there most mornings in his motorised wheelchair with is wife and carer, they would walk round with him... Great gesture from a really nice man. R.I.P. we will miss him.

A lovely gesture all round.

What a great story. You’re gunna have a lot of fun and reward with those machines.

1 month ago

Go Velo

Here’s Sarah White head teacher from Coates Lane Primary School in Barnoldswick. We’ve always loved going into this school to deliver Bikeability and learn to ride sessions as the school has such a caring and happy environment. What a fabulous head with a very poignant message right now. Our hearts go out to everyone home schooling and trying to get through this situation. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Go Velo

Woke up to some great news - our innovation fund application had been accepted. This will allow us more time to train riders with SEND, work to lower ratios, buy, store and transport suitable equipment and offer SEND awareness training for our instructors. We can’t wait to get back to work now to start this exciting new project. ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook 280746098633518_5257519554289456

Emma Mac , This is what we were thinking about, getting a grant for.

Congratulations

Excellent news. Well done 👏

 

bikeability-training

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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6 days ago

Go Velo

Behind the scenes we don't always get things right. Todays Homer Simpson moment was contacting Kelbrook School to organise a collection of one of our bikes. After much confusion and searching of the premises for our lost bike, school owner and I realised that I may have called the wrong "school”. I had called Kelbrook Shooting School instead- lots of laughter and apologies followed. Our missing bike has been retrieved from Kelbrook Primary School and is now secured back at the ranch! ... See MoreSee Less

Behind the scenes we dont always get things right.  Todays Homer Simpson moment was contacting Kelbrook School to organise a collection of one of our bikes.  After much confusion and searching of the premises for our lost bike, school owner and I realised that I may have called the wrong school”. I had called Kelbrook Shooting School instead-  lots of laughter and apologies followed. Our missing bike has been retrieved from Kelbrook Primary School and is now secured back at the ranch!

1 week ago

Go Velo

Training update

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils taking part in Bikeability will be our priority

🚴 We will honour all existing year 6 school bookings from March 8th and will call to confirm the booking this week

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils that have missed out on Bikeability this year will have the option of catching up with the training in the Summer term.

🚴 Holiday activity will go ahead from April 12. This will mainly be focused on Bikeability Level 1/2/3 for year 6 pupils to ensure they do not miss out before leaving primary school......but we will of course put on our very popular learn to ride courses too. Watch this space for eventbrite links.

🚴 Adult training will resume from April 12.

Our training is conducted within Government guidelines for Corona Virus. We social distance, use regular and frequent hand sanitiser and provide anti viral wipes and spray if you are using our equipment. Please contact us for our risk assessment if you are concerned.

The above plan could change depending on Government guidelines but it’s looking good for now.

Thanks all - please get in touch if you have any queries.
We can’t wait to see you all again
... See MoreSee Less

Training update

🚴 Schools with year 6 pupils taking part in Bikeability will be our priority 

🚴  We will honour all existing year 6 school bookings from March 8th and will call to confirm the booking this week

🚴  Schools with year 6 pupils that have missed out on Bikeability this year will have the option of catching up with the training in the Summer term. 

🚴  Holiday activity will go ahead from April 12. This will mainly be focused on Bikeability Level 1/2/3 for year 6 pupils to ensure they do not miss out before leaving primary school......but we will of course put on our very popular learn to ride courses too. Watch this space for eventbrite links. 

🚴 Adult training will resume from April 12. 

Our training is conducted within Government  guidelines for Corona Virus. We social distance, use regular and frequent hand sanitiser and provide anti viral wipes and spray if you are using our equipment. Please contact us for our risk assessment if you are concerned. 

The above plan could change depending on Government guidelines but it’s looking good for now. 

Thanks all - please get in touch if you have any queries. 
We can’t wait to see you all again

Comment on Facebook Training update ...

Hope Great Harwood Primary and Mr Woodruff's class are on your list.

4 weeks ago

Go Velo

Two weeks after receiving the innovation grant to train people with SEND, we received some news that Go Velo had been donated some fabulous adapted bikes. Today was a very moving day, as the bikes, including hand crank bikes, tandem trikes, wheel chair adapted bikes and power assisted tandem/ trikes have been donated by Barry Howarth. Barry cycled with Pendle Forest until he had an accident on a club run 30 years ago. He was left paralysed, but continued cycling with his wife Betty using the adapted bikes. Barry passed away last week but wanted to give his bikes to Go Velo as knew we would make good use of them. We are so grateful for them and know that so many people will make use of them in the future. Barry was always fun to talk to and always came and chatted when we were at work at the hub, the Go Velo team will miss him lots. We will make a donation in his memory to spinal research and keep in touch with Betty who is keen to see the bikes in action. ❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook 280746098633518_5328209830553761

A really lovely story. 👏👏👏👏👏Wishing you well with them Kirsti.

Excellent, Alan Roper and myself got to know Barry at the Steven Burke Sport Hub he would be there most mornings in his motorised wheelchair with is wife and carer, they would walk round with him... Great gesture from a really nice man. R.I.P. we will miss him.

A lovely gesture all round.

What a great story. You’re gunna have a lot of fun and reward with those machines.

1 month ago

Go Velo

Here’s Sarah White head teacher from Coates Lane Primary School in Barnoldswick. We’ve always loved going into this school to deliver Bikeability and learn to ride sessions as the school has such a caring and happy environment. What a fabulous head with a very poignant message right now. Our hearts go out to everyone home schooling and trying to get through this situation. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Go Velo

Woke up to some great news - our innovation fund application had been accepted. This will allow us more time to train riders with SEND, work to lower ratios, buy, store and transport suitable equipment and offer SEND awareness training for our instructors. We can’t wait to get back to work now to start this exciting new project. ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook 280746098633518_5257519554289456

Emma Mac , This is what we were thinking about, getting a grant for.

Congratulations

Excellent news. Well done 👏

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

CYCLE COURSES CAN BE ARRANGED ANYWHERE IN THE NORTH WEST AND OUR INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CAN BE DELIVERED NATIONWIDE WITH OUR QUALIFIED TUTORS.

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.

Instructor Training

As a Recognised Delivery Centre, we offer the 1st4Sports Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training for both new and existing instructors and is ideal for anyone who wishes to work as a paid cycle instructor.

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.

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.

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

IT’S SO EASY TO BOOK ONE OF OUR COURSES

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!

DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT…