Cheshire pupils improve cycling skills

School news | January 2017

More than 50 pupils from a Cheshire school improved their cycling skills with our on-road courses.

The 12 to 15 year-olds from Upton-by-Chester High School went on 12 courses funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council as an 'essential' follow up to Level 2 Bikeability cycle training during their final year at primary school.

The pupils were all “highly enthusiastic and capable”, our Regional Manager Steve Kyriacou said, whose instructors delivered the Level 3 Bikeability course programme.

“All the students were a joy to teach, displaying excellent cycling skills and achieving all Level 3 outcomes. They were a credit to the school.”

The school’s admin assistant Martin Boothman said all pupils had benefited greatly from the course and praised the instructors for their “exemplary” professionalism.

Bikeability Level 3 enhances the basic skills and educates cyclists to make journeys in a variety of more complex 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 and from school, work or leisure on busy roads, using complex junctions and road features. The training deals with hazard perception, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling.

Aims of this Level 3 cycle training course were:

  • To encourage and develop safe cycling skills, including full appreciation of wearing appropriate protective equipment.
  • To develop positive attitudes towards road use.
  • To increase knowledge and understanding of the road and traffic environment.
  • To give trainees the confidence to use their cycles on longer, more complex journeys.

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