There is no charge to schools for BikeReady cycle skills training. Training is delivered by professional instructors contracted to your local council or other local provider. Someone at your school will need to liaise with the instructors. This admin work includes:
- Confirming how many students take part (this ensures the correct ratio of instructors and students)
- Agreeing when training courses take place
- Sending information to parents and collecting parental consent letters (instructors provide a letter template)
- Ensuring there is space on the school grounds for Grade 1 delivery
- Giving input into bike riding routes for Grade 2 (instructors do the detailed planning)
- Helping classroom teachers plan the extent of classroom learning using BikeReady curriculum resources
Classroom teachers are requested to be present during training sessions to help with feedback to students and manage positive behaviour.
Teachers will find detailed information about what they need to do, logistics and practical matters in the FAQs.
Here's an overview of the BikeReady grades. Actual course delivery may blend grades as professional instructors use their expertise to tailor delivery to meet local needs.
Grade 1: Preparing for on-road riding
Age group: 8 years+ (Year 4 on)
What and where: Instructors visit the school. Usually runs on school courts or field. Students learn good bike control, how to tell if something needs fixing and what to wear when riding.
Time involved for learners: 2-5 hours. Usually held in one day, with a break between sessions.
Learning outcomes: Grade 1 outcomes give the confidence to ride more often.
Students develop balance and bike control skills for:
- starting/stopping and turning
- riding with one hand to signal
- looking all around (including behind)
Students start to learn about what makes a safe bike and helmet. They learn the legal requirements for cycling on-road, and learn to cooperate with other people walking and riding around them.
Grade 2: Introduction to on-road riding
Age group: 10 years+ (Year 6 on)
What and where: Instructors take students out on local roads. Students gain skills to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Participants will understand how to be seen, and how to communicate and cooperate with other road users.
Time involved for learners: 7-8 hours. Often run over two days.
Learning outcomes: Grade 2 outcomes give the confidence to use bikes on local roads.
Beyond Grade 2: Transition Ride or Community Ride
*New module in pilot stage
Age group: 10 years+ (Year 6 on)
Time involved for learners: 3-4 hours
What and where: Combination of in-class and practical learning. Students choose a community destination, then plan and ride the most appropriate route. This could include routes to home or to nearby intermediate or high schools. Co-constructed by teachers and instructors.
Learning outcomes: Students consolidate their Grade 2 learning through an authentic biking experience. They gain knowledge of:
- planning safe routes and assessing risk
- hazard awareness, defensive riding and lane position in authentic local settings
This module suits students who will be off to an intermediate or high school with a feasible cycling route. It also works for classes looking for a practical biking experience to complement curriculum learning about bike riding.
Grade 3 Advanced on-road riding
Age group: 13 years+ (Year 9 on)
What and where: Takes place on more complex and busy roads. Riders learn advanced road positioning and develop a strong and assertive riding style. They will be able to flow with the traffic, have excellent awareness of potential hazards and know how to manage risk.
Time involved for learners: Variable, based on learner needs.
Learning outcomes: Grade 3 outcomes give the confidence to use bikes on more complex roads. Students extend their bike handling skills to manage varied road surfaces and traffic conditions. They:
- learn advanced lane positions for multi-lane roads
- further develop hazard awareness and strategies to negotiate complex roads
- develop positive road sharing behaviours and cooperative attitudes to other road users