Review of the National Standard for Cycle Training

We are starting a review of the National Standard for cycle training and have contacted Bikeability schemes and instructors to tell them how to take part in the process. If you are an instructor and have not received an email please contact us at and we will send you the material.

The materials that we are reviewing include the Level 1, 2 and 3 outcomes of the National Standard, the outcomes for instructor training and the some of the rules for teaching the National Standard. The review materials can be downloaded here.

The National Standard was developed by a range of government and non-government organisations and is underpinned by consensus rather than regulation. The original outcomes were agreed over 5 years ago, and given the goal shared by public bodies and the industry to continually improve quality of cycle training delivery, we are now looking to consider any necessary changes to keep the standard in line with current good practice.

The review will only make additions or changes to the National Standard where necessary and justifiable. Brevity and stability are desirable characteristics for a set of key training outcomes. We will encourage all that want to contribute to the review to come forward with proposals that are well-developed and have wider support.

National Standard Review Process

Although the material for review is now in circulation informally the official period for the review is from Friday 4th May to Friday 6th July. An important part of the review process is that responses are only going to be accepted from ITOs and CTSB members through a form that will be sent to those contacts. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that the DfT is looking for considered responses from the leaders of cycle training.

After the closure of this initial review, time will be taken to sift these responses and if necessary seek clarification. The first draft of the updated National Standard will be circulated to ITOs and CTSB members on Monday 15th October with a deadline for responses of Friday 9th November. It is intended that the new material will be ratified by the CTSB in December and published in January 2013. After the publication of the new National Standard outcomes a process for updating training manuals will also begin and a timetable for implementing the new National Standard will be put forward.

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Multi-million Pound Boost for Children’s Cycle Training

More than 300,000 school children will learn to cycle safely, competently and confidently on the road over the next year, thanks to nearly £11m worth of government funding allocated today, Norman Baker has announced.

Funding has been allocated to local highway authorities and schools across the country for the national Bikeability scheme which provides cycling proficiency for the 21st century.

As well as the £11m of grants agreed for this year, a further £24m will be allocated by the Department for Transport over the following two years. This includes an extra £2m to support expansion on top of money originally earmarked for Bikeability. Additional local contributions worth around £11.5m are expected over the next three years.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said:

“Cycling brings many benefits, and as a government we are keen to encourage its uptake as a healthy and sustainable transport choice, which eases congestion and helps cut carbon.

It is vital that the next generation of cyclists is well prepared with the skills and confidence to ride safely and well on modern roads and this funding ensures that many more thousands of children will receive the solid grounding to set them up as lifelong cyclists.”

Big winners this year include Merseytravel who are receiving over £400,000, Hampshire, where children will benefit from almost £500,000 worth of training, Staffordshire receiving more than £350,000 and Kent, where total funding is over £380,000.

The Department has also published a report looking at the number of children cycling to school since the introduction of the Bikeability scheme five years ago. In March the scheme celebrated five years of delivering training for children in schools.

This report shows that where there is a longer history of delivering cycle training, a higher proportion of children are cycling to secondary school. Further, those authorities that have received higher levels of Bikeability funding have seen larger increases in cycling to secondary school.

For further details, please see the full press release available at

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New Bikeability Support Contract Announced

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today published details of a new contract to provide day to day Bikeability support services.

Read more on this development here:

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Existing members can login to access the members’ area. Prospective members can apply online or contact Iain Watson, membership secretary, for an application form.

Membership of the East Region ITO entitles members to a number of benefits:

  • Inclusion in the East Region Local Authorities’ database of cycling instructors.
  • Access to CPD courses across the East Region.
  • An invitation to attend an annual conference within the East Region.
  • A newsletter update on a termly basis.
  • A membership card.

Membership of the ITO runs from April to March and costs £25 per annum.

Annual monitoring is important to ensure that all members of the East Region ITO are actively training and are maintaining the quality of their work. Instructors should be monitored at least every 12 months in order to keep their membership valid. Instructors who do not receive this through the course of their annual work can request a monitoring visit by trainers from the East Region ITO, but this must be at their own expense.

All members are required to adhere to the East Region ITO code of conduct for members.

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New east region ITO

The East Region ITO is a consortium of nine local authorities in the East of England, working together to deliver National Standard cyclist instructor training.

The East Region ITO is recognised by the Department for Transport as having met a standard for delivery, and forms one of 18 Instructor Training Organisations.

All accredited National Standards cycling instructors are required to affiliate with at least one ITO, and membership of the East Region ITO is currently £25 per annum. For more information on membership please visit our membership pages.

The East Region ITO has the mandate to train National Standards (NS) cycling instructors and to train accredited instructors who themselves wish to train instructors. It will provide a range of courses for the continued professional development of NS instructors and will be organising a ½ day conference annually for its membership.

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