Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham
Morning Bikeability level 1 session at Amersham

Cycle Chilterns summer Bikeability sessions give children more confidence!

Last summer, 37 children took part in a successful series of Bikeability courses run by the Cycle Chilterns project. The courses took place over two weeks in Tring and Amersham.

For those of you not familiar with Bikeability, it is the new 'cycling proficiency'. Two levels were offered during the week, with Level 1 covering basic bike skills in a playground and Level 2 covering road skills. The course aims to give children more confidence and awareness of being on the road.

Many parents signed up for the course to give them a bit of peace of mind for when their children cycle with their friends on the road, arming them with the right skills and increasing their awareness.

Included in the week-long course was also a led ride with children and parents so that they can see what their child had learnt. This is a slight variation to normal courses run during the school term, where there is less opportunity to do this. The parents who joined in the rides thoroughly enjoyed them and were pleased to be able to see the on-road improvement in their child following the course.

Most importantly, parents were thrilled with the confidence boost in their children, with one parent saying that it’s now difficult trying to get his child off the bike!

All feedback received has been very positive with the children thoroughly enjoying their sessions thanks to the excellent instructors, who have been described as friendly, approachable and encouraging. Many families are also cycling more following the course, which is exactly the type of result that the project is looking for. 

A well run course that can't be faulted, friendly teachers - all children should attend. Can't recommend it highly enough!”

Parent of participant

Thanks to Tring School in Tring and Woodside Primary School in Amersham for hosting us over the two weeks. Many thanks also to The Little Bike Company for providing refreshments and free bike safety checks.

Cycle Chilterns will be running more Bikeability courses in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire during April 2014 so please keep an eye on our website


Bikeability level 2 group receive their badges and certificates