15th & 16th February: Take YOUR CYCLING seriously: don’t miss out on Bikeability!
How ‘awesome‘ would it be if your child could learn about basic bike maintenance, road safety, signalling and manoeuvring skills in an amazing outdoor road safety centre and THEN put the skills they’ve learnt into practice by venturing out onto the roads surrounding the safety centre?
What’s more, all of this for FREE!
Part of the national Bikeability scheme (‘like Cycling Proficiency but better’), the two day combined Level 1 and 2 course is specially for 9-11 year olds (school years 5 and 6) and is being hosted at SafeWise Weymouth within RoadWise, our amazing outdoor road safety centre.
The course consists of :
- Level 1 skills (off-road training where the children learn how to control and master their bike) and moves onto
- Level 2 skills (on-road training where the children learn how to deal with traffic on their route, such as to school).
Your child must FIRST attend a compulsory assessment session on Saturday 4th February at 10.30am. This assessment session is simply for us to ensure that both your children are capable cyclists and their bikes are suitable to ride on the roads.
The actual Bikeability session will take place during Half Term on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February from 9.30am to 3pm. Parents/carers do not need to stay for the course but we must be able to contact a parent or guardian in case of an emergency so you will be asked to fill in a sign-in sheet.
For all sessions the children must bring their own bicycle and cycle helmet – plus snacks, packed lunches and a water bottle for the two day course
Please refer to the Dorset Bikeability Bike Checklist to assist you in checking your child’s bike.
Insurance note: Whilst every care will be taken to ensure your child’s safety, SafeWise provides public liability insurance only and not Personal Accident Insurance for anyone undertaking this course, nor does it accept responsibility for the actions or personal behaviour of participants. SafeWise and your training provider are not responsible for any injury to persons or loss or damage to property which occurs on the way to and from a session, or which does not result from the negligence of an instructor. However, every instructor carries third party liability insurance which covers your child as a third party. You will be asked on the order form to confirm that you have understood the insurance provision.
What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is “Cycling Proficiency” for the 21st century, designed to give young people the skills and knowledge to cycle safely on today’s roads. The course will help to grow your child’s independence in the years to come. The course offered is Bikeability Level 1 and 2.
On Bikeability Level 1 your child will learn how to be in full control of their bike. They will learn fun cycling skills in our purpose built RoadWise private road layout, preparing them to go out on the road, which happens on Bikeability Level 2!
On Bikeability Level 2 your child will learn the rules of the road and how to cope with other traffic as a cyclist. They will head out onto local roads, giving them a real cycling experience. They will be taught how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Don’t worry if this is the first time they will have gone out on the road as the Bikeability instructor(s) will teach your child the right skills and impart knowledge so both you and they will be amazed with their own results. Your child will usually be trained in groups of 3-12 children by either one or two instructors (depending on the size of the group).
On completion of the course, your child will receive a badge/certificate showing they have successfully reached the standard for Level 1 and 2 Bikeability.
- Each child must be able to ride a bicycle (have good control and balance) before enrolling for this course. All children taking part on the course must have a bicycle in a roadworthy condition (a bicycle checklist is provided to help) and a properly fitting cycle helmet must be provided and worn by each child when riding their bike. High visibility waistcoats will be provided.
- All courses are conducted by approved National Standard Instructors, who are DBS checked and have attended a First Aid course. Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing suitable for cycling and the weather conditions of the day.
- We request that you discuss the Bikeability course with your child, and encourage them to practice what they have learnt each session – maybe by accompanying them on a bike ride and discussing the Highway Code. Your child must attend every session (level 1 AND level 2) – if they miss any sessions they may not be able to complete the course.
- Any participants who persistently misbehave or put others in danger will be asked to leave the session and will not be allowed to attend in future. All children must be school year 5 or over when attending this course.
For more info see http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability. Bikeability in Dorset is funded by the Department for Transport in partnership with Dorset County Council.