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Bikelife School Cycling Project

Bikelife is a programme of cycling activities designed to ensure that children and families are given the opportunities, skills, support and guidance they need to make cycling part of their everyday lives. The following is some information for schools, parents and children about what it involves.



Bikelife School Cycling Projects

Healthier, fitter, more attentive pupils. Less congestion outside the school gates. A greener, happier community. A lifelong love of active travel. These are just a few of the outcomes of our proven, successful and fun Bikelife project.

Our whole school approach means all pupils learn new skills such as balance bikes for foundation pupils, learning to ride for KS1 pupils and bike maintenance training for KS2 pupils. Children also have the chance to participate in lots of fun events and competitions both in school and between schools. Many of the cycling events are open to parents and school staff to help enthuse them about cycling too. 

The following is a list of the activities we deliver. We can also offer bespoke activities so do please ask. Check out our Bikelife video to the left and our Flickr album to see the projects in action.  


Try Out Show Launch

We launch our Bikelife programmes with a fun day trying out a whole host of different bikes. Children and school staff in all classes have the opportunity to try a range of fun and exciting bikes in the playground as well as a chance to try our pedal-powered juke box.

At the end of the school day, the Try Out Show continues with parents being invited to try the bikes. The aim is to build enthusiasm for cycling amongst pupils, staff and families and demonstrate the amazing array of bikes that are available to use. 

 Bikelife try out show


Balance First

Balance bike training offers a great introduction to cycling, developing the essential skills of balance and coordination needed to ride. 

Delivered on balance bikes (specific bikes without pedals), the game-based sessions focus on encouraging children in early years to push and glide. Our instructors are creative and use imaginative games to build lots of enthusiasm on two wheels. The progression from balance bikes to pedal cycling becomes easier once trainees have mastered the art of balancing on a bike. 

Find out more about our exciting programme.

Learn to Ride Training

Everyone remembers the first time they learnt to ride and we ensure this starts a lifelong love of cycling.

Aimed at pupils who are unable to cycle, the sessions motivate trainees to master the skills of balance, control and pedalling. Whether children are trying for the first time or older children are after additonal guidance, we provide fun and supportive steps to help trainees discover the joy of cycling on two wheels. 

Bike Maintenance

For KS2 children we run bike maintenance training sessions with our experienced and friendly mechanics. We aim to build pupils' confidence looking after their own bikes, enabling them to make simple adjustments and repairs.

Our bike maintenance sessions are delivered in two 45 minute sessions. During the course, children will learn how to fix a puncture / change an inner tube, adjust their saddle height, adjust their gears and carry out basic brake adjustment.

Led Rides

Cycling is fun together. There is no better way to enjoy riding then with friends, parents and/or school staff. 

We use risk assessed, low traffic/traffic free routes designed to boost confidence and a love of cycling. The rides are relatively short to focus on the joy of pleasant, leisurely, local routes and aim to help encourage riders to make cycling part of everyday life. 

Rides are always led and managed by a minimum of two qualified National Standard Instructors.

School Competitions

We also offer an exciting range of prizes designed to encourage cycling. We run competitions between different classes as well as with other schools taking part in each Bikelife project. The prizes range from sets of bike lights to winning a Watt Bike session for the best class. The overall winning schools will have the opportunity to take part in a cycle powered cinema.

Our Project Officers would be available every week at the school gates to give help and advice as well as hand out 'I cycle to school' stickers to reward those families who have cycled to school.