What is Bikeability Scotland?
Bikeability Scotland is like the modern day cycling proficiency, with a few differences. Bikeability Scotland is designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on today’s roads.
The training is split into three levels:
- Level 1 is taught in a traffic free environment, like a playground, and teaches essential bike handling skills;
- Level 2 is taught on-road and teaches children the skills necessary to be able to negotiate most on-road situations;
- Level 3 is taught on road and teaches children how to journey plan, how to deal with complex road junctions and how to become an independent cyclist.
More information on the scheme can be found in our Bikeability Scotland Parent’s Guide
Interested in volunteering?
Bikeability Scotland relies on volunteers to deliver training to our future cyclists. Training kids to cycle is fun and rewarding, knowing that you are passing on skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
By volunteering you will receive a training qualification to add to your CV and you’ll gain new links at your school and community.
How do I get involved?
The first step would be to contact your local school and ask how you can get involved. Cycling Scotland recommend all instructors delivering Bikeability Scotland complete the Cycle Training Assistant or Cycle Trainer course.
To find out more about our training courses and qualifications, please visit this page and download our course catalogue.
My child wants to do Bikeability Scotland training – where can he do this?
Bikeability Scotland training is delivered to schools in most Scottish local authorities. Most schools delivery to P5, P6, and P7. If your child’s school in not participating in Bikeability Scotland ask them to contact their local coordinator.
What sort of bike does my child need to do Bikeability Scotland?
The most important thing is to ensure that your child’s bike is safe and the right size for them. For Bikeability levels 2 and 3 the bicycle must be in road worthy condition with an independent front and rear brake.
Having gears on a bike can be a real advantage for completing Bikeability Scotland sessions, but is not essential.
Does my child need to wear a cycle helmet?
Most schools delivering Bikeability training will have a policy that all children should wear a helmet. Cycle helmets will not prevent an accident, but may protect your child if they do. Bikeability Scotland is delivered in a controlled environment, but as your child is learning control skills from level 1 you may feel more comfortable with them wearing a helmet.
It is essential that your child’s cycle helmet fits properly. An incorrectly fitted helmet can be worse than no helmet at all.
I want to volunteer to deliver Bikeability Scotland, how do I get involved?
If you are a parent, ask your child’s primary school how you can help. They may need helpers to support their existing instructors, or they may even need an instructor. Your child’s school can speak to their Bikeability Scotland Local Coordinator and arrange a space for you on the 1 day Cycle Training Assistant course.
If you are looking to volunteer and do not have any existing link with your local school speak to the person who coordinates Bikeability Scotland in your area. Click the link to find you Bikeability Scotland Local Coordinator.
Who are Bikeability Scotland?
Bikeability Scotland is managed by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Bikeability Scotland Delivery Group. Bikeability Scotland is based upon UK National Standards for cycle training. Cycling Scotland provide resources, instructor training and funding to local authorities delivering national standard cycle training. Bikeability Scotland is delivered by participating local authorities.
How do the SQA National Cycling Awards link to Bikeability Scotland?
The SQA have produced National 1 and National 2 Cycling Awards. These do not directly link to Bikeability Scotland, although candidates working towards the SQA Awards could use Bikeability Scotland to demonstrate the outcomes. Further information can be found on our information sheet.