Cycle training to school pupils and Bike-It
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
Bikeability cycle training and the Bike-It project are good examples of provision and encouragement of sustainable transport and cycling that were launched in London.
Bikeability trains children to cycle in real traffic conditions. There are three Bikeability levels, starting at basic level; then at 11yrs progressing to Level 2, and then Level 3 at secondary school (11-18 year olds). Certificates are issued at each level
Sustrans' Bike It has 80 UK cycling officers in 1,400 schools, working intensively with 380,000 children on safety to increase their cycling levels. This includes cycle training, developing school travel plans, gaining parental involvement and organising various activities (led competitions) to encourage practical experience for children, including lessons linked to the national curriculum.
Evidence of success
250,000 young cyclists have been trained. in 2009-10, the Bike It project successfully increased levels of cycling among pupils at Bike It schools across England: pupils cycling to school regularly (once a week or more) increased from 14% to 27%; pupils cycling to school every day increased from 4% to 9% and pupils who never cycle to school reduced from 72% to 53%.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
London European Partnership for Transport
Annex completed on: 07-03-2012