There are four levels of training involved in our south east cycling safety programme. Level one covers the theory element which takes place in the classroom, looking at bicycle maintenance, rules of the road, road hazards, communications, road signs and planning a safer cycling route to school. Level two covers off road practical riding, level three covering on road practical riding and level four explores on road practical riding skills with additional on-road training at an advanced level on major roads and routes throughout the locality. For more, check the links on the right.
Note: bikes and helmets can be provided at no additional cost. There is a limit on the number of bikes that can be provided, and we operate a sharing system between students when working with large groups. Students can bring their own bikes and helmets if they wish. Students own bikes must be in a safe working capacity and helmets are mandatory wearing.
Training Programme Aims
- To promote knowledge and understanding of the principles of safe cycling.
- To encourage positive and responsible attitudes towards personal safety and that of other road users.
- To teach standard rules of behaviour when cycling, knowledge of the ‘Rules of the Road’ and basic requirements of good cycle maintenance.
- To emphasise to the child that safety on the road depends not only on cycling ability but also on a readiness AT ALL TIMES to take avoiding action for other peoples’ mistakes.
- To emphasise the safety benefits of fluorescent and reflective materials and to encourage the use of safety helmets which carry a BS, ANSI, AS or SNELL mark. Since July 1995 all helmets sold in Europe are legally required to carry the CE mark.
- To provide knowledge of where, when and how cycling accidents occur.
- To take every opportunity to make parents/guardians aware of their responsibility to ensure the safety of their child.