Cycle Training

Cycle Training in Dorset for Schools & Adults





Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century. Using Bikeability training we aim to get more people cycling, more safely and more often.

We now offer:

  • balance
  • level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability training.

Our balance training is currently aimed at children in reception and year 1, and is designed to help children learn to ride a bike without stabilisers.

Our level 1 and 2 courses are aimed at children in school years 5 and above. Level 3 is aimed at year 8 and above. They are conducted by National Standard trainers on behalf of the Department for Transport who provide funding for this scheme.

The national standard outcomes fall into three levels:

  • level 1 - offers bike handling skills in a controlled environment away from roads

  • level 2 - is taught on roads and teaches you to cycle planned routes on minor roads offering real cycling experience

  • level 3 - will ensure cyclists are able to manage all traffic conditions.

Part of the level 1 and 2 course take place on local roads, so children will need to be able to ride their bike confidently without wobbling. Level 3 takes place on busier roads and those taking part will need to be confident on local roads. Children's bikes must be in good roadworthy condition. We recommend a well fitted helmet, and we provide yellow waistcoats to trainees.

On completion of the course outcomes children receive a Bikeability certificate and badge.


We are planning our training programme for 2017/18. All schools are eligible to apply for free Bikeability training.

Schools can contact the Bikeability team on 01202 262198 or email to request a course.

Your school may already have signed up to receive Bikeability sessions. Contact your school direct to find out if sessions are scheduled for this year or register your interest in a future Bikeability course.

Bikeability at Rossmore Leisure Centre

If you can't wait to do level 1 and 2 Bikeability at your school, then we offer training at Rossmore Leisure Centre during some of the school holidays.

Course date: future dates to be confirmed.

The course costs £5 per person.

Phone Everyone Active Rossmore on 01202 738787 to enquire about availability.

One-to one adult Bikeability training

If you require one-to-one Bikeability training you can find an independent provider in your local area by using the Bikeability near you search on the Bikeability website. Please contact the individual providers for prices and schedules.

Cycle to work

Once you’re confident of your cycling ability, why not consider cycling to work for all or part of your journey?

Cycling to work is a great way for you to get fit and healthy. Ask your employer if they are signed up to the Cycle to Work Guarantee. This is a voluntary initiative from the Department for Transport, challenging businesses to become cycle friendly employers by making it easy for staff to cycle to and from work.

If you haven't got a bike ask your employer if they have a cycle to work scheme' in place. Businesses can sign up to the scheme and offer their employees the opportunity to spread the cost of getting a bike and accessories over a set period as a tax-exempt benefit.

Free Cycle Training For Children - Level 1 & 2 & Level 3

Cycle training for children aged 10 and over to help build the skills and confidence to ride a bike safely on the road.

Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already.

Our two day Level 1 & 2 course starts with basic control skills (Level 1) and concludes by equipping trainees with the skills to cycle safely on local roads (Level 2). 

Our Level 3 course equips trainees with the skills to tackle a winder variety of traffic conditions than Level 2 and will enable trainees to plan and make independent journeys on busier roads.

Level 1 and 2 Bikeability Course (2 day course)

Level 1 teaches trainees to control and master a bike.  The training takes place in a secure environment away from cars and traffic.  Level 1 encourages and develops basic cycle control skills and gives trainees the confidence to use their cycles more often.

Level 2 is delivered on local roads, giving trainees a real cycling experience that equips them with skills to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.  Level 2 will encourage and develop safe cycling skills, develop positive attitudes towards road use, increase knowledge and understanding of the road and traffic environment and give trainees the confidence to use their bicycles on local road.

Course Dates 2020

Please note that due to the Coronavirus, all forthcoming courses have been cancelled.  We will be updating this page shortly with some further dates in the hope that normal courses can resume, possibly after Easter, but obviously we must adhere to Government advice.   We will shortly be offering both Saturday and Sunday courses, as well as school holiday courses, in order that we can make up the time lost.

We wish you and your families the best during this difficult time and look forward to normal courses resuming in the future.

Course Location

The sessions take place at Kings Park Cycle Centre.

Who can join?

Children who:

  • are aged between 10 and 15 years old (Level 1 and 2) and children aged between 11 and 18 (Level 3).
  • can ride a bike one handed in order to indicate and look over their shoulder.
  • have their own bike and helmet and have permission from a parent or carer to take part.
  • live or go to school in Bournemouth.

How long does the level 1 and 2 course take?

  • During term time, Level 1 and 2 courses are held over two consecutive Saturdays.
  • During school holidays, Level 1 and 2 courses are held on two consecutive days.
  • The 2 day course takes a total of 7 hours from 09:00 – 12:30 on day one and 09:00 - 12:30 on day two or 13:00 - 16:30 for the afternoon course. 

To complete the course, children must attend both dates.


Level 3 Courses

Level 3 is for children aged 11 and over who have completed Levels 1 and 2 and want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions.

Level 3 gives children the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions. This allows them to experience many types of road conditions and more challenging traffic scenarios.

The course covers responding to hazards, making ‘on-the-move’ risk assessments, passing queuing traffic, understanding advanced road positioning, hazard perception and strategies to deal with hazards, understanding driver blind spots, particularly for large vehicles, reacting to hazardous road surfaces and route planning for safer cycling.

How long does the Level 3 course take?

The course normally takes 2 hrs 30 minutes but we allow 3 hours so there's time to discuss the expected course outcomes before the session starts.

Level 3 course locations

We offer two different meeting locations for these courses of Kings Park and Bournemouth Velodrome. Please book the course location that best suits your own child's home and school location. Level 3 is a bespoke course which can be tailored to the needs of the trainee, encompassing a route from home to school.

Course Dates 2020

Location - Kings Park Cycle Centre, 

Please note that due to the Coronavirus, all forthcoming courses have been cancelled.  We will be updating this page shortly with some further dates in the hope that normal courses can resume, possibly after Easter, but obviously we must adhere to Government advice.   We will shortly be offering both Saturday and Sunday courses, as well as school holiday courses, in order that we can make up the time lost.

We wish you and your families the best during this difficult time and look forward to normal courses resuming in the future.


Our instructors are all fully qualified to the National Standard, are DBS checked and First Aid Trained.

How to book

Please email us at or call 01202 454636 with the following details together with your preferred course date:-

  • Child’s full name
  • Age of child
  • School
  • Year group
  • Parent's or guardian's full name
  • Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile (for emergencies)
  • Preferred course (Level 1 & 2 or Level 3) date and time 
  • If booking Level 3, please state when your child passed their Level 1 & 2 course

Courses are booked on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited so please contact us as soon as possible with your preferred course date as the courses do get booked up very fast.

Sometimes emails may get caught in the Junk/Spam folder. We recommend you check these folders if you are expecting an email from us.

We also offer Bikeability courses to all schools, so you could check with your child's school to see if they will be offering it. 


Cycle Training for Adults

Our team of Bikeability instructors provide cycle training for anyone age 18 or over who lives, works or studies in Bournemouth

Cycling is a great activity and whether you want to save money, get fit, cut pollution or reduce your carbon footprint, cycling has something for everyone. Don't be put off by the traffic or because you feel out of practice, join a course for adults.

Tailored courses 

Our courses can be tailored to an individual's needs, making them suitable for complete beginners, people who would like to gain more confidence or more experienced cyclists who want to improve their skills on more challenging roads and junctions.

The courses can be delivered either one to one or to larger groups, depending upon the course required. 

Please contact one of our instructors from the list below to discuss your course requirements and fees.



Bikeability Cycle Proficiency

Information on level one, two and three Bikeability cycle training courses in Dorset.

Dorset County Council is a nationally accredited Bikeability provider of level 1, 2 and 3 training courses. Government funding is accessed to provide level 2 and 3 training free of charge.


To book a place on a Bikeability course, contact your local school in the first instance, to see whether our registered instructors have already arranged a course.

If there are no courses arranged, please fill in our form to find out about cycle training in your area:

Adult cycle training

If you'd like to cycle but feel a bit rusty, why not book a refresher cycle training session?

Whether you want to improve your fitness, save money, cut traffic congestion or reduce your carbon footprint, cycling has something for everyone.

Many people would like to cycle to work or for pleasure but are put off by the traffic or because they feel out of practice.  

Voucher scheme

Dorset County Council has teamed up with local cycling trainers who can provide cycle training to help you feel more confident and refresh your skills.

We have a limited number of vouchers on offer giving you one-to-one bespoke tuition at a reduced rate.  Each voucher entitles you to a two-hour session, individually tailored to you with a qualified instructor.

Voucher details

You can buy up to three vouchers for £10 each but you are under no commitment to continue if you want to stop after one or two lessons.

This means you could have up to six hours bespoke cycle training at a time and location convenient to you for just £30 giving learners a 75% discount on usual prices.

What you'll need

Ideally you will need to bring your own bike to the sessions. If you don't own a bike but would still like to learn to ride, please contact us to discuss. In some instances arrangements can be made to borrow a bike from us.

It is a good idea to have a bike helmet, you will also need lights on your bike if training at night or in dawn/dusk conditions.

What next

To qualify for a voucher you must live in Dorset and be aged 18+

To request a voucher please fill out and submit a voucher request form. You will receive the voucher electronically which you will need to print off and take - together with payment - to your instructor on the day.

For further information, or for details about the training click here.   

Bike Maintenance Courses - Bournemouth

Our evening Bike Maintenance courses are held regularly at Kings Park Cycle Centre.

What's in the course?

  • Understand simple bike design and set up
  • Basic safety checks

How to:

  • locate and repair a puncture
  • measure and fit a chain
  • remove and refit wheels

Introduction to:

  • correct brake set up, pads and levers
  • set up and working of indexed gear systems

These practical courses are ideal for people who want to know how to perform basic bike care and fix simple repairs.  Any level is welcome and the course is taught in a friendly and relaxed manner.

You will need to bring your own bike which is in good condition.


Course times

The sessions run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at our Kings Park Cycle Centre.

Next course dates

  • Tue 3 Sep
  • Tue 17 Sep


The course costs £10.00 per person, to be paid by a non-refundable bank transfer prior to the course.  Tea and coffee on the night is also included.

Once you have agreed a course date, please then make the transfer directly to our instructor, Nigel Winter, bank details as follows:-

Sort Code: 09-01-28

Account number: 48872475

Please email Nigel to let him know once you have paid the fee.

Who can join?

All ages are welcome, aged 10 upwards.

How to book

Please email Nigel ( to request details of the next available courses with the following details:-

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Landline
  • Mobile
  • Age (if 18 or under)


I really enjoyed the bike maintenance course. Nigel was excellent; he is very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us lots of good tips and has given me more confidence to have a go at fixing my bike, even my gears! Thank you.

"Just a note following the course Daniel and I attended last night. It was a really useful session, a good mix of talk and hands-on. Nigel is a great instructor, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he was happy to answer additional questions. He showed us how to inspect our bike frame and take off the wheels, how to change an inner tube, the M-check, cleaning the chain and adjusting brakes and gears. Nigel explained everything very well and he took the time to make sure we understood what he was showing us, what tools we might need and what to do with them."

"Just wanted to email to thank you for providing a great learning course. I feel so much more confident."

"Please can you pass on my thanks to Nigel. The course he ran was superb. Nigel is obviously a credit to the council, he was totally professional, friendly and passionate about his subject. Thanks to all in arranging this course."

"The session last night was excellent. Nigel taught us so much. I can't believe how much I learnt in 2 hours. Thank you. I was the only female so you could say that's it's suitable for everyone."

"I just wanted to say thank you. Last night's bike maintenance course was exactly what I needed and I know have a bit more confidence about sorting out any small problems I might have. Nigel Winter is an excellent instructor. Very patient and he doesn't make you feel a bit daft asking what might seem to be a bonkers questions. He was terrific. I had a puncture and thanks to Nigel I was able to replace the inner tube (I have a spare) during a 40 mile ride. It was a thin sliver of slate."

Just to say we both thoroughly enjoyed the course last Tuesday. Please pass on our thanks to Nigel, who was extremely knowledgeable, patient and very good at explaining everything he showed us. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants a basic understanding of bike maintenance.

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