Training for safer cycling

Training for safer cycling
Cycle training adds confidence and safety
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Bringing the 'cycling proficiency test' into the 21st century

While most people can ride a bike, safety fears prevent them from riding on roads regularly. Cycle training can help counter these fears and create safer, more confident cyclists.
People who have been on cycle training are much more likely to cycle regularly. This is partly due to the fact that people who have decided to do training will already be more open than average to the idea of cycling regularly.
Cycle training schemes can vary widely in terms of the scale of the scheme, the nature of the partnerships involved and the methods of delivery. A major issue is the degree to which training is subsidised as, despite the benefits, few people are likely to want to pay the full cost - about £40 to train a person to level 2 - themselves.
Check with you local authority to see if it already offers cycle training, if so you could help promote it locally. Check the Bikeability site for the list of Bikeability registered providers near you.
Local authorities may already offer cycle training and can help contact schools and workplaces that may already have a cycle training scheme or be open to one. You may want to encourage them to get their councillors and highways engineers to be cycle trained to level 3 though.
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