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Bikeability ‘Cycle Proficiency for the 21 st Century. Rob Fuller - CTC Charitable Trust Colin Langdon - Cycling Solutions. National Standards. Development coordinated by LARSOA and CTC with input from across the cycle training sector Move to a standards based approach to cycle training

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Bikeability‘Cycle Proficiency for the 21st Century

Rob Fuller - CTC Charitable Trust

Colin Langdon - Cycling Solutions


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National Standards

  • Development coordinated by LARSOA and CTC with input from across the cycle training sector

  • Move to a standards based approach to cycle training

  • National syllabus supported by rigorous quality control

  • Emphasis on training under real road conditions

  • Progression from basic control skills to on-road environments

  • Designed to facilitate trips

  • Suitable for children and adults alike

  • Approved by Government


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Level 1

Level 1 is usually covered in a traffic free environment. By completing Level 1, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a motor traffic free environment and as a pre-requisite to a road trip


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Level 2

Level 2 is covered on quiet roads but with real traffic conditions. By completing Level 2 you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads


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Level 3

Level 3 is covered on busy roads incorporating real traffic conditions and advanced road features. By completing Level 3 you will be able demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on busy roads and using complex junctions and road features


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Cycling England Funding2005-2008

  • Total budget of £30m

  • £21m to be spent on youth projects

    • £1m on Instructor Capacity building

      • 1500 new instructors

      • Support and advice service

      • Up to 10 new Instructor Training Providers

    • £4.1m on direct funding for 100,000 additional cycle training places per year

    • £0.5m on additional ‘unblocking’ initiatives

    • Remainder funding BikeIT, GoRide, Safe Routes to Schools, cycle parking


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Increasing access and take-up

  • New Instructor qualifications

  • CPD/APL for Instructors

  • Scheme accreditation

  • Standard Course Materials

  • Disability/Special needs tools

  • National award scheme


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Bikeability

  • ‘Cycle Proficiency for the 21st Century’

  • Quality, attractive product supported by high-profile marketing

  • Trainees receive badges, certificates within a presentation pack

  • Currently being ‘geared up’ in 8 areas

  • To be rolled out in April 2007

  • Providers must have both accredited Instructors and schemes

  • 300,000 Year 6 children by 2008 (50% of total)


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Cycling Solutions Community Interest Company

exists to promote cycling


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Two delivery methods

LA style

Cycling Solutions style

Delivery


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Local Authority Example Delivery

  • Usually using volunteers

    • PCSOs

    • Parents

    • other staff

  • 'Block' delivery

  • Fixed numbers

A course -

2 sessions on day 1

1 or 2 sessions on day 2

1 or 2 sessions on day 3

for a total of 5 sessions

There's lots of variations on this theme


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Our Delivery

  • Professional staff

  • Delivery over an extended period

  • Complete integrated course, often including Level 1 in a Level 2 course

  • Flexible numbers

A course -

5 sessions, 1 session a week for 5 weeks

Usually 2 instructors working in the same area


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Notes

  • One instructor can deliver to 75 children each half term, that's 450 per year.

  • You usually need 2 instructors working together, so the minimum set up is for 900 children a year.

  • Someone has to do the administration.


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Parents information pack

  • Written confirmation of arrangements.

  • 'Roadworthy' cycle.

  • Helmets.

  • Consent form.


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What can you do?

  • Currently around 50% of LAs are delivering National Standards

  • Enquire whether your LA is planning to adopt National Standards

  • Promote Bikeability to your LA and schools

  • Let them know about the support available

  • Encourage them to provide access to all

  • Lobby for introduction of Level 3 training in secondary schools

  • Become an Instructor

  • Set up your own cycle training company!


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More Information

www.bikeability.org.uk

National Cycle Training Helpline

www.ctc.org.uk/cycletraining

0870 607 0415

cycletraining@ctc.org.uk

www.cyclingengland.org.uk

www.bikeforall.net


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