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Holiday Cycle Training Courses for School Children
 

Holiday Cycle Training Courses for School Children

holiday cyclingAre you looking for holiday activities for your children? Are you keen to get your kids cycling safely and confidently? Do your children want to go cycling and make new friends?

Cycle Experience provides ‘Bikeability’ cycle training throughout the school holidays - perfect for getting children riding safely on the roads, or to recap from the training they received during the school term!

Where and when do holiday courses take place?

Our holiday courses currently run in the following areas. Please click on their links for area-specific information and registration.

About our holiday courses

Holiday course content varies in our different regions. Please click on your home region above for area-specific information. Most of our holiday courses deliver the following types of training:

Bikeability

What is Bikeability training?

Bikeability is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century. Children are taught the skills they need to cycle safely on the roads through playground games (off-road) and independent cycling exercises (on-road).

Bikeability is divided into 3 ability levels. Age restrictions apply in different areas of the country, so do please check these before booking.

Level 1
Taught entirely off-road, Level 1 teaches children to manoeuvre their bike, use their brakes effectively, start pedalling efficiently, look around them while maintaining control, and cycle with one hand.

Level 2
Taught on-road, Level 2 teaches children to cycle safely on small roads, mainly in residential areas. Level 2 aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills to make short journeys by bike by learning how to negotiate junctions and other obstacles.

Level 3
Taught on-road, Level 3 develops the skills learnt at Level 2 by cycling on busier roads. Children learn how to negotiate large junctions, multi-lane roundabouts, bus lanes and more! Level 3 aims to develop cyclists’ abilities to make ‘on the go’ decisions to stay safe while cycling. BMX bikes are not suitable for this course.

How much do the classes cost?

We have obtained funding and support from some of the local councils that we work with. Many classes are subsidised and some are completely free. More details about the cost and conditions are on the area-specific registration pages.

Do we need to bring our own bike?

Yes, children must bring their own bike and helmet. It is important that the bike is roadworthy and the correct size. Please download our bike safety checklist if you are in any doubt.

Some areas provide bikes for hire. Details about this will be provided on the area-specific registration pages.

Do classes continue in bad weather?

The training will continue in light to moderate rain but will be suspended if there is a heavy downpour. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the current season!

  • Sun cream and water/juice should be brought during the warmer months
  • Warm clothing, gloves, and a showerproof jacket are essential during the winter months.
  • Hi-viz tabards are provided.

Are your classes suitable for children with additional learning needs?

We aim to make our cycling classes inclusive for all children and our fully trained instructors will be able to give children extra focus when needed. Learning the control, balance and co-ordination that is needed to cycle can be enormously beneficial – not to mention enjoyable! – for children with dyspraxia, autism and downs syndrome. If you have any particular concerns regarding your children’s participation please get in touch with the co-ordinator for training in your local area, as alternative training may be available.

You will be notified by e-mail of your place on the relevant course.

If you have any questions about the holiday courses, please phone 0845 434 8451 or email info@cycleexperience.com.

Learn to Balance and Ride

Cycle Experience has developed an exciting new programme that teaches children to ride their bikes independently – no more stabilisers and no grown-ups holding on!

Who can take part?

Our ‘Learn to Balance and Ride’ classes are open to children aged 3-14. Age restrictions vary in different areas. More details can be found on the area-specific registration pages.

Where and when do these classes take place? Our classes currently run in the following areas. Please click on their links for area-specific information and registration.

How do you teach children to cycle? What’s the secret?

Our classes focus on developing children’s ability to balance before teaching them to pedal. Children begin by learning to ride a ‘balance bike’ – a bike with no pedals and a lower centre of gravity than a typical pedal bike – and build their confidence staying upright on two wheels. From there we transition the children onto pedal bikes with great success!
A fun and supportive atmosphere is encouraged by our instructors during these group classes, and parents/guardians are encouraged to stay, watch and support.

How much do the classes cost?

We have obtained funding and support from some of the local councils that we work with. Many classes are subsidised and some are completely free. More details about the cost and conditions are on the area-specific registration pages.

Do we need to bring our own bike?

We provide high quality balance and pedal bikes in a range of sizes, so you do not need to bring a bike with you.
Are your classes suitable for children with additional learning needs?

We aim to make our cycling classes inclusive for all children and our fully trained instructors will be able to give children extra focus when needed. Learning the control, balance and co-ordination that is needed to cycle can be enormously beneficial – not to mention enjoyable! – for children with dyspraxia, autism and downs syndrome. If you have any particular concerns regarding your children’s participation please get in touch with the co-ordinator for training in your local area, as alternative training may be available.

If you have any questions have a look first at our FAQs. If you can't find the answer there please email info@cycleexperience.com or call Cycle Experience on 0845 434 8451.

Bike maintenance

Our bike maintenance classes are perfect for any budding mechanic or regular cyclist who needs to know how to keep their bike in good working order. The classes teach children how to perform a thorough bike check, make common adjustments and repair punctures.

These courses vary between regions, some using children’s own bikes and others working with bikes donated by the local community. For more information please visit the area-specific pages.

Led rides

Our led rides are focused on fun and fitness. Children are taken in groups with at least two fully qualified instructors onto the roads. Our led rides are a great opportunity for children to put their Bikeability training into practice, gain confidence and build fitness. Rides vary for different age groups and abilities. For details of led rides in your area please visit the area-specific pages.