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 FREE u16 cycle training

We are delighted to be working with BikeRight to offer FREE National Standard on-road cycle training to young people and children in Merseyside through the national cycle training programme.

Organised through schools, Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils are offered Level 2 training which equips children with important skills to help them cycle on quiet roads.

Year 7, 8 and 9 in High schools are offered Level 3 training which builds on level 2, and is more advanced giving skills in dealing with busier roads and roundabouts.

Training is free and offered to every school in Merseyside including SENs so ask at your school to see if they take part. If not, schools can find out more by emailing or by ringing 0151 207 3140.

Your school will be required to send out consent forms to parents/carers. When training is confirmed, children will be asked to bring their bikes. Training is split across 4 sessions over 2 days (day 2 is the following week to day 1). Bikes need to be in a roadworthy condition. As a starting guide, the bike should be the right size for your child, have pumped up tyres and two working brakes. BikeRight have a limited supply of bikes and helmets that can be borrowed, ask them about this when you book your training.

Children must be able to ride their bike to take part and session 1 will check that they are safe enough to continue to the on-road sessions. The instructor will talk to your child and their teacher if they are not able to continue this time.

For more details on what is taught during bikeability, visit the/click here for the bi‚Äčkeability website.

If you are over 16 you can take part through our adult Freewheeling programme, click here for details.

Cycling with Children

If you are a parent or carer and want to cycle more with your child(ren), Sustrans have lots of tips and advice for you from buying a bike and fitting a helmet to planning a bike ride. Riding with your children is the best way to help them become more confident and practice their skills. If you want to polish up your own skills first, check out our free adult training offer!