Training gets a boost

This article was published in 2003, in Newsletter 49.

Three developments in adult cycle training have happened recently.

National standards for training have been published. The CTC’s Adult Cycle Training scheme launches with a three-level programme of user skills from beginners to users of busy roads. It is accompanied by a guide for instructors and organisers, published in May, and a suggested skill set for instructors.

In an interesting move, British School of Motoring, Britain’s largest driver training company, owned by the RAC, was to trial a child cycle training scheme in March. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the UK and would include adult and family cycle training. Such a scheme might create more cyclists and, if taken up by schools nation-wide, would also mean drivers of the future would have experienced two-wheeled travel first, making them more considerate towards cyclists.

The British School of Motoring’s trial was school-based for 11-14 year olds. Three schools were chosen for the trial and 150 students took part. The scheme is supported by Derbyshire County Council and their safer routes to school initiatives. The Transport Research Laboratory will evaluate the results of the trial.

Nearer to home, we promoted the Cambridge adult cycle training scheme as part of National Bike Week (see article) 24 trainees had sessions, from beginners who needed to learn to stay upright, to those who cycled regularly and needed help handling heavy traffic. Two articles covered the events in the Cambridge Evening News.

David Earl