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Cycling proficiency?

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Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 21:42:45

Have been on a bike ride with the DSs today and realised that although they can both ride pretty well now, they don't seem to have any road sense or, in deed, any common sense at all when it comes to being "out there".
I have googled cycling proficiency but most schemes seem to be attached to schools and ours only does it in Yr 6.
Anyone tried any local schemes/classes they could recommend?

Melfish Sun 14-Aug-11 21:46:24

Our local council do them for adults, as does the neighbouring one. Don't know how old you DSs are but your council may do them for their age too without going via the school. You may have to pay though (think the school based ones are free).

Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 21:54:33

I'm not too worried about paying for them TBH - better than having them squished under a car.... will look at the council website - thanks

Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 22:13:12

nothing on the Council website but I have emailed the cycling person although if they are anything like the the Council school travel person, I won't hold my breath!!

chatee Sun 14-Aug-11 22:20:19

check out the 'bikeability' website as that is the new name for cycling proficiency.It was updated in january with links to each county council and who is responsible for providing the training(central government allocates a set amount of money to each council and it's then up to each council how they spend it)the reason I was looking in detail to who had the 'tender' in our council was because the company who our council had bought in to provide the training actively discriminated against children with disabilities and when the council had a review, one of the outcomes was that they would not employ the company again....and I was checking to make sure it happened.

Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 22:27:25

I looked at "bikeability" but when I clicked on local providers or whatever it was, it kept coming up with a Bible camp website..... hmm
Think there must be a problem with that!!

Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 22:32:00

have tried another link on that website and emailed - thanks

Bunbaker Sun 14-Aug-11 22:36:32


I clicked on local providers and it came up with a PDF of a list of local providers, nothing to do with bible camps. Try again.

DD did Bikeability in year 5 at school.

chatee Sun 14-Aug-11 22:38:23

oh it's just worked ok for me....oh glad you found it working(was worried then-it's horrible to think that something you say may be hacked)
good luck, my dd did eventually take part and loved it and received both her level 1 and 2 bikeability awards and had her first taste lesson of disability discrimination...luckily I was well supported and took it further and it all worked out well in the end but it was a hassle I could have done without and a lesson that my dd should not have had to come across at primary school

Tommy Sun 14-Aug-11 23:14:44

thanks all - have sent a few emails and will see what comes back

ragged Tue 16-Aug-11 20:21:51

Also google for "cycling confidence" courses, there's one coming up soon in Norwich, for instance. They teach similar skills.

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