Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st Century. The training is ‘outcome’ led with continual assessment rather than a test. It’s fun, encouraging, confidence building, developing various safety skills and general road awareness for today’s cyclist on today’s roads.
Bikeability is an Award scheme of three levels.
Level One (Red Badge) – once completed you will be able to:
- Get on your bike, start cycling, then stop and get off
- Ride your bike using the gears
- Look then signal
- Make your bike go where you want it to, including moving around objects safely
- Stop quickly if you need to
- Look all around you when you’re riding, including behind, without wobbling
- Signal if you’re turning right and left, without wobbling
- Give your bike a simple check to ensure it is road-worthy.
Level Two (Orange Badge):
- Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles
- Be aware of everything around you and signal your intentions to other road users when someone needs to know what you’re doing
- Position yourself properly on the road and pass side roads
- Use junctions including turning left and right into major and minor roads
- Decide whether a cycle lane will help with your journey
- Use the Highway Code particularly when it comes to understanding road signs
Level Three (Green Badge):
- Make a trip safely to school or elsewhere
- Use complex junctions and road features such as roundabouts, multi-lane roads and traffic lights
- ‘Filter’ to keep moving through stationary traffic
- Plan your route
- Interpret road signs