Take CYCLING seriously: don’t miss out on Bikeability!

This February half term local accident prevention charity SafeWise is hosting a FREE Bikeability course in Dorset which is funded by the Department for Transport in partnership with Dorset County Council. The course is being held at SafeWise Weymouth’s unique RoadWise facility and will be conducted by approved National Standard Instructors, who are DBS checked and have attended a First Aid course.

The course is ideal for 9-11year olds and consists of:

  • Level 1 skills (off-road training where the young people learn how to control and master their bike in a safe environment).
  • Level 2 skills (on-road training where the young people learn how to deal with traffic in a real road situation).

Level 1 skills will be conducted within the amazing RoadWise facility where it gives the young riders a real sense of being on road. They will be able to practice different manoeuvres, deal with roundabouts, T-junctions, zebra crossings and traffic lights in a true to life but safe traffic free environment. Once the group have completed Level 1 they will progress onto the real roads but still under the instruction of the qualified instructors.

Alison Shelton BEM, Chief Executive of SafeWise said “We are delighted to be able to offer these courses in conjunction with Dorset County Council and the Department for Transport and in doing so utilise the excellent RoadWise facility. There is no doubt that cycling is a healthy and fun way to travel but safety of all riders is essential. By holding these sessions, the young people will learn important skills including basic bike maintenance, road safety, signalling and manoeuvring skills and knowledge that will help them be safe on the roads and get the most out of such an enjoyable pass time.”

The Bikeability course will take place during Half Term week on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February from 9.30am to 3pm. All young people who would like to attend the session must first attend a compulsory assessment session on Saturday 4th February at 10.30am. This assessment session is simply to ensure that the children are capable cyclists and their bikes are roadworthy.

Booking is essential – please look at our Bikeability page for further details and to book your child’s place.