The Road Safety Team in Gateshead delivers ‘Bikeability’ on-road cycle training. Bikeability is offered to all primary school age children aged 9-11.
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century and is designed to give young road users the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
Bikeability takes place during school hours over a period of six weeks and consists of six 1½ hour sessions.
In order to complete the course and receive a certificate, each child must complete a minimum of 4 weeks out of the 6 week course.
The first session of training is conducted on the school playground, and starts with a safety check of the children’s cycles and helmets. This is followed by a check of the children’s cycle control skills. They should be able to look behind without wobbling and be able to take one hand off the handlebars in order to signal. If during the first session it appears that a child does not have the necessary control of the bike they will not be allowed to continue on to the on-road sessions. This will not be deemed a failure but simply demonstrate to the children and parents the necessary basic level of skill required to ride a bike safely on the road. Usually children have the opportunity to participate in Bikeability Training in Year 5 or 6 at Primary School.
Please contact the Road Safety Team on 0191 4333107 to discuss Bikeability or contact your school to see when Bikeability is taking place in your school.
Child Pedestrian Training
Child pedestrian training is aimed at Year 3 and Year 4 pupils in Primary School, and is delivered through the Go Smarter to Schools project. Children are encouraged to develop strategies for crossing the road safely and supervised by road safety trainers children learn to:-
- Choose Safer Places to Cross the Road
- Crossing Safely near Parked Cars
- Crossing Safely at Junctions.
To arrange for your school to take part in the training please contact the Road Safety Team on 0191 4333107.
To encourage parents and children to walk to school a “Walking Bus” can be set up at your primary school. Using parent volunteers groups of children can walk along a specified route to school with a “driver” and “conductor” for the bus.
If you are keen to have a walking bus at your school please find more information on Setting up a Walking Bus or contact the Road Safety Team on 0191 4333107.
Promoting Independent Travel – Adults with Learning Disabilities
The Road Safety Team delivers independent travel training for adults with learning disabilities. Trainers work with clients to develop skills for safe travel as pedestrians, cyclists or passengers on public transport.
Training is very much tailored to suit the individual whether or not they will become independent travellers. However, independent travel training contributes to the overall safety and wellbeing of the individual in terms confidence, self-esteem and positive life improvements.
For those who can ride non-adapted cycles, courses and cycle rides are delivered throughout the year. The sessions are FREE and open to community base service users, parent/carers and staff.
For more information on Independent Travel Training please contact the Safety Team on 0191 4333107.