Cycle Training

Bikeability is the National Standard for Cycle Training, which has been designed by the leading experts in the field of road safety as well as cycling.

The principal outcome of Bikeability is

‘More people cycling more often and more safely’

Bikeability students are encouraged to learn interactively as opposed to simply being told what to do.

The courses are designed to be both educational and enjoyable with the emphasis on safety. Learning to cycle safely can make an enormous contribution to some of society’s biggest challenges, in particular sustainable travel and health. Bikeability is one activity among a number of projects developed to influence travel choice.

Bikeability, based on three levels, is designed to give cyclists the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads.

Local Courses

Cycle training in Bedford for children and those adults who have never cycled or have not cycled for some time is available from a number of sources.

Bedford Borough Council each year receives a grant from the government to give free cycle training to Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 to year 6/7 pupils in the borough's primary and middle schools. They have since April 2014 outsourced their cycle training to Outspoken Training to deliver Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 to primary and middle schools in the borough.

In the first instance it is recommended that your child's school is contacted to check if they are running courses. If they are not, ask them why not and strongly suggest them to consider doing so.

For further details contact: (01234) 228336 or e-mail:

Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Unit have in previous years also organised cycle lessons although none were available in 2018.

For details of future courses for both children and adults contact 01234 718827 or visit their website and follow the various links.

Bedford Modern School as part of their Holiday activity courses also run Bikeability Level 2 courses for 10 to 14 year olds at Manton Lane, Bedford.

For details of their next courses contact: 01234 3325667 or e-mail: All current holiday activity courses are shown on their website here.

There are also a number of independent qualified trainers including:-


An accredited female instructor (and CCNB member) - Linda Syred - specialises in teaching Adults and Children, from complete beginners to improvers to learn to cycle.

For details contact: 01234 838548 mobile: 07880 674403 or
e-mail: or visit the website.

Riding a Bike

Cycle training to accredited Bikeability standards arranged in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and North Hertfordshire.

For details contact: mobile: 07765 880440 or e-mail: or visit the website.

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