Leeds West Academy

Bikeability Training Level 3

This year, Leeds West Academy's recent Healthy Schools Approval Visit suggested an expanded provision for students to improve their personal road safety, when travelling to and from the Academy on bicycles.

The school has been extremely proactive to ensure our students are adequately trained to travel competently on a bike to school. We sent a letter home to all students asking those who travelled on a bike to school to sign up to complete the Level 3 Bikeability course.

Training took place on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December, with real-world practice on roads near to the school that have been assessed for their safety and appropriateness.

During Bikeability Level 3 training, the students learnt the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions than on Level 2 such as; traffic lights, roundabouts and how to and when not to filter in traffic. The course also covered dealing with hazards, making on-the-move risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling.

Mr Long said: "There were 18 students involved in the programme and the Academy has also offered to contribute to providing a helmet for when they travel to school. The instructors were extremely impressed with the school's commitment to road safety and by the students' maturity and pledge to be safe on the roads."

For more information about Bikeability you can visit Cycle Leeds.