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Level 3 Training

Senior School Bikeability Courses 2014

New funding from the Department of Transport and Devon County Council enables us to run FREE Level 3 courses for children of senior school age.

We will be running courses over the Easter and Summer Holidays and Half Term Holidays. Call us on 07771 614593 or email info@execel.co.uk for more details.

Easter Holiday Courses 2014

We have a Level 3 course running on Monday 7th April 2014 in Exmouth.

Also, a Honiton Level 3 Course running on Friday and Monday the 11th and 14th. (Course 1, 9.30 to 12.30 both days and Course 2, 1.15 to 4.15 both days.) Email us for details.

Course content

The initial focus of this course is to ensure that your Level 2 skills of the trainees are sufficient to enable you to tackle more advanced on-road situations. After that we will look at sharing the roads with other users, whilst asserting your rights to road space and responsibly working with other road users to complete your journey safely.

The following key elements form the core of the cycle training:

Observation

Detailed, all-round observation using the senses of hearing and sight. It is important that cyclists ride, looking a long way ahead, so that they can plan their actions in plenty of time.

Decision-making

Deciding which of the many observations are important to their safety (hazard perception), determination of ‘priority’ in various situations and the subsequent courses of action.

Communication

Being able to indicate your intentions to other road users, if you are going to impact on their journey.

Road Positioning

There are 2 main cycling positions:

  • The ‘normal’ riding position is approximately 1 metre from the kerb. This keeps the cyclist away from the debris that often accumulates at the edge of the road and drain covers etc. It also puts the cyclist in a position where they are visible to motorists and where they are far enough from the kerb to prompt a conscious thought in the mind of the motorist approaching from behind, “Do I have sufficient room to safely pass this cyclist?”
  • The other position is to take the centre of the lane and is used where a cyclist needs to 'guard' their position for safety reasons by keeping traffic behind them rather than it squeezing by and overtaking, for example, on narrow roads found on estates, parked vehicles on one or both sides of a road, constriction's in the road made by a pedestrian island, in slow moving traffic or a stationary queue at traffic lights.

Depending on the road conditions, cyclists might move from one position to another several times during a particular stretch of road. Quality observations and decision-making, come from practice, experience and maturity, that will determine the safest position to adopt.

The elements above are taught in following road situations.

  • Main city routes involving problems such as: bus stops, pedestrian crossings, parked vehicles, central islands etc.
  • Roundabouts – mini and standard (This involved deciding which lane to take depending upon the direction to be taken.)
  • Multi-lane and single lane junctions with traffic lights.
  • Considering when it is appropriate to use the filter lane leading to the ‘Advanced Stop Line’ for cyclists at traffic lights.
  • Using shared cycle routes: considering appropriate speed, observation, giving priority to pedestrians over the cyclist, even if the pedestrian is on the incorrect path!
  • Rural roads have their own challenges and these are examined if appropriate.

 Email us or phone for a chat and for more information.