Free Bikeability courses this summer to improve cycling skills on the road


Free Bikeability courses are being offered in Sleaford this summer to teach teenage cyclists vital skills to keep safe on the road.

A Bikeability Level 3 course is being offered to 11 to 16 year olds to equip them with skills to deal with all types of road conditions and more challenging traffic situations on the county’s increasingly congested streets as a progression to the course taught at primary schools.

These include dealing with hazards, assessing risks while on the move, planning safer routes for cycling, and being aware of driver blind spots.

The course in Sleaford will be held on August 8 at Sleaford Leisure Centre, on Eastbanks, NG34 7ET;

Phil Watt, Bikeability and Cycling Officer says: “The summer holidays are a great time to get out exploring on your bike, but it’s important to have the skills to be confident on the road. These courses are an ideal opportunity for youngsters to learn vital skills to help them deal with any hazards they might encounter while out cycling.”

Courses will be run in small groups, taught by qualified Bikeability instructors who are also DBS checked.

Anyone wishing to take part should already have completed Bikeability Level 2 training. They will need a roadworthy bicycle and suitable cycle helmet. They will need a parent/carer to accompany them at the beginning and end of each session.

The course lasts three hours and involves training on public roads. Session times will be 9am to 12noon or 1pm to 4pm.

Meeting/picking up points are:

August 3 - Yarborough Leisure centre, Riseholme Road, Lincoln, LN1 3SP;

August 8 - Sleaford Leisure Centre, Eastbanks, Sleaford, NG34 7ET;

August 10 - Bourne Leisure Centre, Queen’s Road, Bourne, PE10 9DX;

August 15 - Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Road, Grantham, NG31 7XQ.

August 17 - West Lindsey Leisure Centre, The Avenue, Gainsborough DN21 1EP;

August 22 - Castle Sports Complex, Albion Street, Spalding, PE11 2AJ;

August 24 - London Road Pavilion, London Road, Louth, LN11 9QP.

To enrol, email or phone Suzanne Walters on 01522 550593 to complete a booking form.