Cycle Safety Training

Cycling and road safety organisations have joined together with the Department for Transport to create a new National Standard for Cycle Training. Training for children, and adults, in real situations under the supervision of qualified instructors.


Whether it's for children who can learn and remember so much crucial information at this stage of their life or just the confidence and assurance adult cyclists need correct training is useful for all of us who travel by bike.  Cycling to school, commuting, off-road recreational cycling are all covered either by one-to-one lessons, group sessions or after school clubs.

The National Cycling Proficiency Test
and the more in depth National Standard Cycle Training.

The National Cycling Proficiency Test
Helps to develop observation and manoeuvrability skills, introduces the Highway Code for Young Road Users, teaches the importance of cycle maintenance and hazard awareness, and provides information and advice on being conspicuous and wearing protective headgear. Training courses are usually taught over 6-8 hours run in three or four sessions following the principles of safe cycling. The course includes the basics of off-road training and on-road training, progressing from quiet roads to building confidence on busier roads.

Adults too

National Standard Cycle Training

  • Beginner (Level 1) Bicycle control and handling skills, including use of gears. Carried out away from traffic, this may be offered as a separate course or at the start of a level 2 course. For children, this training will typically be offered at age 7.
  • Introduction to on-road cycling (Level 2) This is on-road training. Following the course, students should be able to cycle safely on their own on quieter local roads. Most child students should be able to cycle to school. Training will usually be offered to children at ages 10-11, enabling them to put new skills into action in the last year or two at primary school.
  • Advanced training (Level 3) Learning how to cope with busier roads and hazards. Children will generally be taught in the first year or two (Year 7 or 8) at secondary school and will be able to plan and ride their safest routes to and from school but equally, this training is suitable for many adults.

Who to contact
For children, get in touch with the school to check if they participate in cycling safety programmes. For adults, children too if the school is not closely involved with cycle safety, get in touch with the Cycling Officer or Cycling Development Officer at your local authority (council). If you are getting still stuck then get in touch with us at and we'll find the right contact for you.


Useful links:
National Standard Cycle Training
A - Z of Local Authority Councils