Cycle skills sessions

Bikeability Cycle training for children (level 1 and level 2)

We offer Bikeability cycle training (levels 1, 2 and 3) in schools across the borough. Courses are run in schools during term time and also in the school holidays. (Dates and venues of holiday courses are published in the run up to the holidays.)

In school, the courses are:

  • run from February to November during term time

  • for those in school years five and six

  • arranged with the school, so contact your school for more information

Holiday courses are run during Easter and summer holidays and are:

  • free

  • for children in year five or above at the time of booking

  • for children who either live or go to school in the borough

  • offered on a first come first served basis, so you'll need to apply when the dates are announced

About the course

The course takes one week and covers:

  • bike checks

  • control skills

  • the Highway Code

  • on-road cycling on quiet public roads

If you successfully complete the course you get a badge and certificate (handed out through the school). The certificate shows that your cycling is of a satisfactory standard to cycle to school on quiet roads. Even if you've already achieved Bikeability level 1 during the school term, we recommend you repeat the course to improve your safety on the road.

Six months to one year after completing Bikeability Level 2, you're entitled to complete an advanced Bikeability Level 2 and 3 course. We'll contact you about the course - or you can email us to find out more.

Course programme

Each course usually lasts five days with two hour sessions. Four day courses are run for small groups and there may be variations to this programme depending on weather, bank holidays and timing of school breaks.

If you take the course you will be assessed on bicycle control, general road awareness, ability to safely pass parked cars or junctions and junction turns. We will give you feedback at the end of the course to tell you how you did.

Day one

Classroom activity:

  • Introduction and Highway Code, Part one

Playground activity:

  • bike checks

  • basic handling skill

  • using gears

  • stopping and swerving quickly to avoid objects

  • looking all around including behind, without loss of control

  • signalling right and left without loss of control

  • games or a possible snake if time permits (playground activity).

Day two

‘On road’ training at identified location (on road activity):

  • starting and finishing an on road journey

  • introduction to Passing side roads (if time allows)

Day three:

‘On road’ training at identified location (on road activity):

  • passing side roads

  • right turn into Major, Left turn into Minor

  • introduction to Left turn into Major, Right turn into Minor and U-turn

Day four:

‘On road’ training at identified location (on road activity):

  • left turn into Major, Right turn into Minor

Day five:

‘On road’ training at identified location (on road activity):

  • right turn into Major, Left turn into Minor

  • left turn into Major, Right turn into Minor

  • pros and cons of cycle lanes (if it can be included)

  • mini Roundabout (if it can be included)

Classroom activity:

  • Theory Test - multiple choice questions

Booking a course

To book this course, please use our online holiday booking form (which will open in the Royal Borough of Kingston website).

For more information about cycle parking, safety and training, contact the Cycling Team (based at Kingston Council).

Telephone: 020 8547 5002

Email: cycling@kingston.gov.uk