Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. There are three Bikeability levels and children will be encouraged and inspired to achieve all three levels, recognising that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike.

Bikeability is the only Government approved and nationally recognised award for cycle training today.

The National Standard for Cycle Training sets out the skills needed for cyclists to be competent and confident using their bikes for all sorts of journeys. Building on the experience of cycling proficiency the National Cycle Training Standard has been developed by over 20 expert organisations in response to public demand for a modern, nationwide scheme that caters for today’s road conditions. The Standard is a progressive scheme that moves through three levels to give parents the reassurance that their children have the necessary skills and confidence to cycle at each stage of their development and particularly to cycle to school.

The priority for government is to help children make the regular trips in their daily lives easily and healthily. Level 2 of the National Standard has been designed around shorter trips made by older primary school children, while level 3 is aimed at secondary pupils and adults who are expanding the range of their activities and will want to travel more widely.

The government’s current strategy is to focus its funding on level 2 of the National Standard, which has been designed to enable children to cycle to school on quieter roads. All schools in Bucks can bid for funding to contribute to the cost of cycle training for pupils aged 9 and over.

An award scheme is an important part of recognising the important achievement and milestone of a child learning to ride safely and well.

Training is provided by instructors, accredited to the National Standard, whose qualification has been approved by the Cycle Training Standards Board.