Here are a selection of frequently asked questions and their responses. Don't see the answer to your question? Contact us!
Q: What does my child need?
A: Your child will need a bike which is in a roadworthy condition to take part in Bikeability. Your child’s bike should be the right size for them, have pumped up tyres and two working brakes. Instructors will show children how to check their bikes at the start of the first session, and will ensure that your child’s bike is safe for them to complete the training on. The instructor leading the Bikeability session will have the final say on whether your child’s bike is safe for them to complete the training on, but allowances will be made wherever possible.
Loan bikes can be available if your child does not have a suitable bike for training on.
Q: What should my child wear?
A: Your child may wear their normal clothes, suitable for the season and weather. In colder months, warm layers and gloves are recommended. Helmets are required for training, along with high visibility tabards to wear.
Q: My School aren't running a course this year. Can my child still receive training?
A: Yes they can! Ask your school if they plan to have a club running. We also run after school and holiday clubs so it's best to give us a call or email and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Q: Does my child need to be able to ride their bike prior to training?
A: Bikeability training has most impact when children start from the point at which they can already ride without stabilisers.
Getting to grips with balance is often the hardest part of learning to ride without stabilisers – you can help by giving your child a balance bike to practice on, or by removing the stabilisers and pedals from their normal bike.
Q: What happens in the event of poor weather?
A: Bikeability training will usually still take place in the event of poor weather – the training is supposed to reflect what it is really like to cycle on today’s roads, and rain, drizzle and cold are very realistic conditions! For this reason, your child should wrap up warm in the colder months and wear waterproof clothing if rain is likely.
The lead instructor will decide if training should go ahead in the event of very poor weather. Training might finish early if conditions become too cold or wet during the session. If training does not take place or finishes early the session will be rescheduled.