Campaigning for Bikeability in Oxfordshire

The need

We need a proper cycle training scheme in Oxfordshire which:

  • Delivers high quality national standards training
  • Covers Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Bikeability Plus modules
  • Accesses external funding available, and leverages opportunities for local funding


Extending and developing Bikeability in Oxfordshire does not have to come at the expense of OCCs volunteer led scheme.  In fact, a healthy Bikeability scheme could support the volunteer model with opportunities for CPD, enhanced provision in schools (delivering Levels 1 and 3), and better outcomes for children.  There are currently at least 10 Bikeability instructors working in Oxfordshire: 3 for the council, 2 for The Broken Spoke Bike Coop, 2 for the Windrush Bike Project and 3 independent. Other Bikeability schemes working in neighbouring counties could also operate in Oxfordshire if necessary.


The next large scale funding cycle for Bikeability will be for work starting in April 2020.  It is imperative that Oxfordshire County Council starts planning now how they are going to organise a bigger and better Bikeability scheme in Oxfordshire.


Case study: What can Bikeability offer in an Oxfordshire school?

Funding for Bikeability in West Oxfordshire comes from the DfT via the Schools Games Host Organiser at Carterton Community College and is delivered by 3rd party provider the Windrush Bike Project CIC.  This is an example of what can be delivered in a school so that more children cycle more safely and more often.

Year 4 – Bikeability Level 1: 2 hours of fun games in the playground building cycle handling skills and confidence. All children go away with a written report outlining what they need to practice before on road training starts in September of Year 6.

Year 5 – Bikeabiilty Level 2:  8 hours of on road training in residential areas.  Final session ends with a Bikeability Show for parents. This educates parents on the national standards and gives children an opportunity to show what they have learnt in practice.

Year 6 (end) or in secondary school – Bikeability Level 3: Bespoke training in very small groups, including safe routes to secondary school, and the skills and confidence to negotiate busy urban centres.

Optional extras

Summer term – Whole school Cycling fun day – learn to ride, basic maintenance and fun games.

Bikeability recycled – if children do not own bikes to complete these activities they are provided with a bike through our recycling scheme.

Inclusive approach all children can access training including children riding adapted trikes or tandems.