Please click here to find out about training pathways.
If you're a member of staff at a school, please follow the instructions here.
If you're a volunteer who has signed up to deliver training at a particular school, please contact them to set dates for the training.
If you're a volunteer who isn't attached to a particular school, please contact your local authority co-ordinator and ask them to match you with schools nearby that are looking for instructors. You can find your local co-ordinator's contact details here.
The most important thing is to ensure that the pupils' bikes are safe and the right size for them. Before the training takes place, make sure to ask parents that they check over their child's bike, including pumping up the tyres and adjusting the saddle to the right height. For Bikeability levels 2 and 3 the bicycle must be in road-worthy condition with an independent front and rear brake.
Having gears on a bike can be a real advantage for completing Bikeability Scotland sessions, but is not essential. The instructor leading the Bikeability session will have the final say on whether each pupil's bike is safe for them to complete the training on.
The Highway Code states that bikes must use lit front and rear lights and have a red rear reflector at night. Although Bikeability training usually takes place during daylight, please remember that trainees may still be cycling to/from school in darkness and so they should be reminded of this requirement. It is also recommended that bikes are fitted with a front white reflector, and that lights are used for training taking place in poor weather conditions. You can read the Highway Code's requirements for bicycles here and here.
Contact your local authority co-ordinator to see if they have any bikes that the school could borrow (you can find their contact details here). Unfortunately though it may be the case that pupils without bikes aren't able to take part.
Some local authorities' policies and insurance prohibit instructors from making any adjustments to trainees' bikes (including adjusting seat heights), unless they have the appropriate qualifications. Please check the policy in your area with your local authority co-ordinator.
Many instructors have other people helping out with their sessions, who aren't themselves qualified as instructors (e.g. anyone helping out with marshalling, or helping trainees to get their bikes/helmets ready). Untrained assistants cannot be counted as instructors for the purposes of meeting these ratio requirements.
Please log into the Cycling Scotland database here to access your certificate. Please note that you are required to fill out an evaluation of your training course before being issued your certificate. It is essential that we gather feedback from participants so that we can continually improve our training courses and address any concerns or training needs.
Bikeability Scotland training is a great way of getting children interested in cycling, and we want to encourage them to continue cycling by signposting them to other activities where possible. Please see a list of activities here for ideas.
All pupils with additional support needs should be assessed on an individual basis by the instructor prior to attending training. It will depend on their disability and the effect of this on their ability to cycle. It may be a simple case of asking for extra volunteer support. You could also investigate using a specialist bike in order for the pupil to take part in the training. If you have any concerns, assess the trainee's needs by speaking to the pupil, their parent/guardian, the local authority co-ordinator and anyone else relevant who's involved in supporting the pupil. The Department for Transport has produced a good practice guide for disability cycle training which can be accessed here.
Your local authority co-ordinator may be able to offer you further training, such as bicycle maintenance courses, first aid or instructor mentoring, whereby an experienced instructor will attend your training sessions to provide advice and support, until you feel confident delivering the training independently. You could also ask if you could shadow some sessions before you deliver one yourself.
If this support isn't available from your local authority, or if there is any additional support you'd like, please contact Cycling Scotland to discuss.
Please click here to find out about the Cycling Scotland training pathways, including other qualifications you can take in order to deliver adult cycle training.
We welcome feedback to help us continually improve Bikeability Scotland.
Please contact either the school or local authority co-ordinator for anything that falls under their remit, which includes the day-to-day co-ordination of Bikeability Scotland training.
Please contact Cycling Scotland to get in touch with anything related to the content of the resources, instructor training and support, using the Cycling Scotland database, and anything else which you feel is relevant.
You can download the policy from here.
Cycling Scotland's Quality Assurance process for training is based on a supportive model and it recognises that however good training may be, there is always scope for improvement.
In 2015/16, 5% of all training being delivered by those holding Cycling Scotland instructor qualifications will be observed. The Cycling Scotland Quality Assurance strategy can be found here, and the process aims to:
- Support those involved in delivery
- Ensure minimum standards are met
- Ensure consistency of training standards
- Maintain and raise delivery standards.
Bikeability Scotland training follows the UK National Standard for cycle training.
The Standard is set by the Department for Transport, in consultation with the Cycle Training Standards Board, of which Cycling Scotland and the Scottish Government are members.
Please follow the links below to view the National Standard for each level of Bikeability.
National Standard Instructor outcomes (equivalent to Cycle Trainer in Scotland)
While the vast majority of Bikeability Scotland training is delivered in schools, there are organisations and instructors delivering the training in other settings, helping to get both children and adults cycling.
Most of the information in this 'instructors' section is equally applicable to non-school settings, but if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
If you want to train up as an instructor to deliver Bikeability Scotland in a non-school setting, you can book yourself onto a training course here. If you're going to be delivering the training to adults, there will be usually be a cost associated with training as an instructor. If you'll be delivering to children, you may be able to get a funded place on a course. Please contact us directly to discuss this.
Please also contact us directly if you need any resources for your training.
If you're delivering training to adults, there is another Cycling Scotland training course called Essential Cycling Skills which might be suitable. You can find out more about this here, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org