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Cycling proficiency lessons for adults and children

Youngsters and adults across the Malvern Hills district will have the chance to learn all the skills they need to ride a bike safely with the ‘Bikeability’ programme.

The nationally accredited course, also known as the 21st Century Cycling Proficiency programme, aims to develop better and safer cycling habits.

The sessions will be available to both adults and children ensuring they gain practical cycle skills and have a better understanding of how to cycle on today’s roads as well as giving them more confidence. 

Level One is aimed at children aged seven years and over, teaching participants how to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic for example, a playground. The course will cost £10.

There is also an introduction to Level Two which is aimed at adults and children aged ten years and over. The course will help give cycling experience on local roads, teaching how to deal with traffic, as well as understand how road positioning can keep you safe helping to build your confidence. Each course will cost £15.

An adults only ‘Learn to Ride’ class will see an accredited Bikeability instructor help first-time riders on their journey to gaining confidence on a bike. This session costs £15.

A four week summer holiday ‘Bike Club’ has also been created for children who would like to gain practical cycle skills over the summer holidays consisting of Level One Bikeability and British Cycling Go Ride coaching. All four sessions will cost £25. 

Upcoming dates:

  • 4 July:
  • Learn to Ride class (adults only) from 5pm-6pm.
  • Introduction to Level Two (women only) from 6.30pm-8pm.
  • 24 July:
  • Bikeability Level One from 10am-11.30am.
  • 30 July:
  • Bikeability Level One Bike Club from 11.15am-12.15pm until 20 August.
  • 14 August
  • Introduction to Level Two (children and parents) from 10am-11.30am.
  • 5 September
  • Learn to Ride class (adults only) from 5pm-6pm.
  • Introduction to Level Two (adults only) from 6.30pm-8pm.

All programmes will be held in the Malvern Hills district, with locations to be confirmed.

Rachel Vann, Physical Activity and Well-being Officer for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Riding a bike safely on today’s roads is so important and taking part in a Bikeability class is the perfect place to begin. We provide support and practical advice that will help to build the confidence and skills of any budding cyclist.”

You must provide your own bike which must be roadworthy and helmet.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/bikeability to keep up to date with the programme information. Please email getactive@malvernhills.gov.uk to check availability and to book your place.