The numbers of people choosing to cycle for fun, fitness or to get to work or school has increased significantly over twenty years and an incredible 3.2 billion miles are cycled on our roads every year.
Riding a bike is safe – since 2010 the number of cyclist killed on our roads has fallen to its lowest level on record. However, 3,337 cyclist were killed or seriously injured on our roads in 2015 which is why UK Global Road Safety has launched an range of online training modules specially designed for today's cyclists.
The aim of the modules is to raise cyclists’ awareness to enable them to make the right decisions and keep themselves safe on the road.
Many people say they are put off cycling because they don’t like the idea of cycling in traffic, but many cyclists use busy roads every day without any problems. That’s because they cycle safely and make sure drivers know they’re there. Once you know the basics of road cycling, you can start to enjoy using a bike for everyday journeys to work, school or to visit friends.
See below for a list of the online safe cycling modules that are currently available.
Handle It - Cycle Safely
This programme is designed for the 8 - 15 year age group, for riders that are already, or are becoming independent. The material takes them through a series of topics including bike safety, appropriate clothing, behaviour, how to ride safely in traffic, signals, other vehicle awareness and what to do in the case of an emergency. At the end of the module the rider will be asked a number of multiple choice questions to check they have understood this important safety training.
The module takes around 30 minutes to complete and at the end the rider can download a certificate of completion.