There are three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve a child’s cycling skills, no matter what they know already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees on a journey from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.
Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learned to ride a bike, although Tower Hamlets’ Bikeability scheme includes pre-Level 1 sessions for complete beginners.
Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2. Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school. Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more chal-lenging traffic situations and it is usually completed by children of secondary school age.
Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, commissions Maze Partnership and Bikeworks to deliver Level 1 to 3 training to pupils of any age at any THYSF school. If you are not already involved with the scheme but would like to be please contact THYSF’s Schools Curriculum Manager Shuhel Malique.