Training for Children and Adults

Training for Children

Level 2 and 3 Bikeability courses are FREE, jointly funded by Devon County Council and the Department for Transport. The Courses are for children who are 9 years or older for level 2, and in senior school for level 3. There is a small charge for Level 1 courses. 

Bikeability is the three stage national standards training course offered to young people and is designed to give the next generation of cyclists the skills, awareness and confidence to safely ride their bikes on today’s roads. The Bikeability website was set up to inform people about the project, a ‘cycling proficiency test that is fit for the 21st century.’

Execel are a prefered supplier to Devon County Council for cycle training. A consortium of organisations including Execel deliver training in all Devon schools, training around 7000 pupils each year. All our instructors are qualified National Standard Cycling Instructors and have Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) or the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as required by Devon County Council.

The training programme provides three levels of assessment that encourage better and safer cycling. The levels are as follows:

Level 1

The training is usually covered in a traffic free environment. Those completing Level 1 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a motor traffic free environment. It provides the basic cycle control skills including starting and pedalling, stopping, manoeuvring, signalling and using the gears. It can be taught to anyone (usually aged 5 and over) but is most often taught to groups of children aged 7 – 9 in the school playground over one or two sessions. 

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Level 2

This is covered on quiet roads but with real traffic conditions for those who have completed Level 1. Children completing Level 2 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make the majority of trips to school. It is most often taught to groups of children aged nine or older in small groups over a number of sessions.

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Level 3

Develops the basic skills and trains cyclists to make journeys in a variety of traffic conditions competently, confidently and consistently. Those completing Level 3 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on busy roads and using complex junctions and road features. The training deals with hazards, making “on-the-move” risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling. This level is aimed at teenagers and adults. 

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For Bikeability training in other parts of Devon, go to www.cycledevon.info/cycle-training/cycle-training-for-children

Training for adults

Have you considered cycling to work but what to feel more confident or want to use your bike for short trips to the sea? We can provide you with a FREE, 2 hour cycle confidence sessions.

Use the Contact us form or phone 07771 614593 for further information.

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Adult cycle training

The National Standard provides the framework for adult sessions too. We offer one to one training for anything from learning to ride for the first time, to advanced commuter skills. Some others may just need a a couple hours tuition to build confidence and develop the skills to ride in traffic. A sellection of the adult cycle training we can provide:

  • 'Family' cycle training where courses are geared towards giving parents and children the skills to ride safely
  • One-to-one or small group intensive courses for adults, either at complete beginner level or 'advanced' skills for commuters
  • Workplace based training courses delivered as part of a travel plan
  • 'Bike Buddy' schemes where an accomplished cyclist accompanies a novice to help give them the confidence to undertake a particular journey
  • Bike fitting and clothing and equipment advice
  • Professional training for people who cycle in their work e.g. police officers, cycle response units.

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