An Evaluation of Cycle Training in the UK

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Author(s) Anderson A. Etika | Joseph O. Ukpata | Desmond E. Ewa
Pages 746-753
Volume 3
Issue 7
Date July, 2013
Keywords Accidents, Bikeability, Cyclist. Cycling, Standards, Training

Abstract

This study was undertaken to find out the extent to which cycle training is delivered across the various Local Authorities in the United Kingdom (UK), and the most effective ways of sustaining them. A total of 60 local authorities across the UK took part in a telephone/online survey where the cycle training officers were asked questions on their scheme contents, processes and outcomes. The results show that they all operated cycle training with majority complying with the National Cycling Standard (Bikeability). The courses were all on-road based with little classroom training involving demonstration and talks. There was no technology or interactive video. It was also found that the schemes had little parental involvement in the training element except where volunteers were parents. Most of the schemes were delivered intensively over a period of one to two weeks rather than spreading them over four to five weeks which is a best practice. There was no formal evaluation and assessments in the schemes. The schemes were mostly subsidized by the Department for Transport (DFT) at a cost of £40 per pupil for the Bikeability schemes and where operated locally subsidised by the local authority. The novel and best practices found were the on-road elements, the use of the national standard by most council, and the risk assessment and accident management procedures.

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