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Bikeability - it’s like cycling proficiency, but better!

We have secured funding from Cycling Scotland to employ a Bikeability Co-ordinator for Dundee for the next 12 months.  Grant Pettigrew is now in post to undertake this role and is based at Ancrum Outdoor Centre.

What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

What is Grant's role as Bikeability Coordinator?

Grant's primary role will be to recruit and train teachers, parents and other adult volunteers to deliver Bikeability to your school.

As soon as your school expresses an interest in taking part and you get interested staff or volunteers who are keen to deliver it, Grant will organise to meet with you and arrange to put your aspirant coaches through the training course to become a Cycle Trainer Assistant (CTA). He will provide you with all current resources and organise bike loans from his central fleet bikes if and when required. We also have funding to support any supply cover of teachers who agree to take part in the training day.

At present there are only a few schools in Dundee participating in the scheme at present and on a national picture we have the lowest participation numbers in the country so let's change that and get our kids cycling safely in school grounds and beyond.

How do I get involved?

Easy, just drop Grant a quick email at grant.pettigrew@leisureandculturedundee.com. Let him know that you are interested and who your preferred school contact person will be and he'll get in touch with them.

Performance Indicators for Bikeability over the next year:

  • To get as many primary Schools in Dundee to offer and deliver the Bikeability Programme at any level.
  • To get as many kids as possible from P5-P7 taking part in Level 1, 2 and 3 of the programme.