Primary schools

We offer a fantastic range of Bikeability activities throughout the school year.

Sessions are free for schools but you will need to be signed up to ModeShift STARS. All Bikeability activities will give you points towards ModeShift STARS awards.

To book sessions or discuss how we can help your school, email us.

Pupils are encouraged to use their own bikes and helmets. However, up to two bikes and helmets can be provided to your school for the duration of training.

Level 1 Bikeability

At Level 1, new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic such as a playground or closed car park.

On completion of level 1, you will be able to:

  • prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
  • get on and off your bike without help
  • start off, pedal and stop with control
  • pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
  • look all around and behind, and control the bike
  • share space with pedestrians and other cyclists

Level 1 is offered for primary years 3 and 4. It is delivered in a single two hour session for up to 15 children with two instructors.

Level 1/2 Bikeability

After a level 1 refresher in the playground, children will be taken out on local streets to learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys, such as cycling to school or the local shops.

On completion of level 2 you will be able to:

  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do
  • know where to ride on the road
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

Level 1/2 is offered for primary years 5 and 6. It is delivered in five sessions, for two hours each day over a full school week. We can train up to 30 children in a week, with two instructors, with each child receiving between 4.5 and 6 hours of instruction.

Bikeability balance

Balance sessions are fun, held indoors or in the playground using Balance Bikes (bikes with no pedals; children push along with their feet). Children will develop balance, handling and awareness and begin to develop the skills needed for level 1 Bikeability.

Bikeability balance is offered for children in reception and primary year 1, usually over a series of 30 minute sessions, for groups of up to 6 children with one instructor.

Bikeability fix

Fix sessions are classroom based and teach children how to perform basic maintenance on their bikes.

Bikeability fix is offered for children in primary years 5 and 6, usually over two 45 minute sessions, in groups of up to 12 children with two instructors.

Bikeability ride

These are led rides along low traffic/traffic free routes. They will boost cycling confidence, particularly for people who are new to, or returning to cycling, and encourage participants to include cycling in their daily routine. The rides are relatively short and focus on leisurely/pleasant/practical routes; they are not designed for training experienced cyclists.

Rides are arranged according to your school’s requirements and can take place during the school day or after school. Parents are encouraged to take part in rides.

Classroom resources

The Bikeability website also has resources for classroom sessions which you can download and deliver in school.