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Cycle Training Level 3 (W16)

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Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio

Description

Level 1 & 2 cycle training that is provided to circa 650 children yr.5/6 will continue subject to ongoing funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) Bikeability Grant.

Level 1 - 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. Trainees will usually be trained in a group of 3-12, though individual training may also be available in your area. At Level 1 riders will prepare themselves and the bike for cycling, get on and off the 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 2 - takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups. At Level 2 riders will 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.

However, the Level 3 training for 200 yr.7 that was previously funded by Grant will cease.

Level 3 - equips trainees with skills for more challenging roads and traffic situations – busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling. Level 3 training is delivered one-to-one or in groups of up to 3 so can be tailored to a trainee’s individual needs, such as a route to work or school. At Level 3 riders will prepare for a journey, understand advanced road positioning, pass queuing traffic, perceive and deal with hazards, understand driver blind spots, react to hazardous road surfaces

The service contributes to strategies to reduce the numbers of cars on the road network and at the school gate in the morning and afternoon traffic peaks, as part of the Council’s traffic management duty. There are wider benefits for road safety, physical activity, mental wellbeing and air quality.

The Cycle Training service operates on a pool of 11 instructors with a supervisor who organises the scheme. The instructors are invited to deliver training courses. The proposal will mean reduced number of training courses and work opportunities placing a risk on continued sustainability of the pool of instructors.  Annual cost of the training is £17,000.

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W16 Cycle Training Level 3

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