Riding skills are taught in the playground, developing confidence and skills in balance, steering, setting off and braking. Generally, this is done through a mix of games and activities. This can progress to more formal Bikeability Scotland training, both Bikeability Scotland Level 1 in the playground, followed by on-road sessions for Bikeability Scotland Level 2.
For teaching any riding skills whether Bikeability Scotland certified or not, we recommend the Bikeability Scotland instructor training pathway through Cycling Scotland. The first step on this pathway is the Cycle Trainer Assistant course. Details are available here Cycling Scotland Cycle Training Assistant Course. For guidance on how to book please contact your I Bike Volunteer Officer. Most Local Authorities have a Bikeability Scotland Co-ordinator, who arranges CTA training. Contact details are found on Cycling Scotland Website here.
How can pupils help?
Senior pupils can help at learn to ride clubs. For example, P7s or Secondary school pupils helping run these sessions. Speak to your I Bike Officer to arrange this.
The downloads opposite are
- A leaflet which summarises Bikeability Scotland for primary schools
- An Example Riding Skills risk assessment – if your school is running this session without I Bike staff, please make sure you have a risk assessment which complies with the local authority requirements.
- A letter to send to parents for a Riding Skills session.
- Lesson plan which steps through the equipment & planning needed.
- An explanation of Bikeability Scotland & I Bike and how they are interlinked