Bikeability Cycle Training is available to children from the age of 8. Bikeability is the ‘Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century’, giving children the skills and confidence to ride on today’s roads. This can be provided through your child’s school. In the first instance you should contact the school to find out if and when it is being offered.

Bikeability consists of 3 Levels, of which Level 1 and Level 2 are targeted at Primary schools.  Once children have reached the Bikeability Level 2 standard they can start to make short journeys on the road using their bike, which can be ideal for short school journeys.  For more information on Bikeability please see:

For information on Bikeability in Kent please see:

When taking your child out for a bike ride the adult should ride behind them.  If there are more adults in the group then situate them at the front and back.  It is recommended that Children and adults should wear a helmet when cycling. When cycling on the road you should wear bright sensible clothing to ensure you are seen. If cycling at night you should wear reflective clothing and ensure that your bike has reflectors and lights.

Bicycles should be maintained and kept in a good safe condition; and checked before each use. Sustrans have produced a guidance sheet on basic bike maintenance for children’s bikes:

For details on cycling routes in Kent go to:

There are a number of cycling clubs in Kent that are part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. To find a club near you please visit:

Top Tips

  • Wear a helmet that fits you and make sure it strapped up
  • Plan your route ahead
  • Make sure you can be seen (lights and hi-vis)
  • Check your brakes and tyres on your bike before you set off
  • Ask your school about doing Bikeability
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • For longer rides make sure you take some water
  • Take a bike lock if you are planning on leaving your bike
  • Make sure your bike is a suitable size for you
  • Follow the highway code