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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.

Summer Holiday Courses 2014

Uffculme Academy EX15 3AG and Cullompton (Tesco's) EX15 1FT.  15th & 16th August 2014 from 1345 to 1645 both days.

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

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.