The National Standard for Cycle Training is being reviewed by the Department for Transport

The National Standard for Cycle Training is being reviewed by the Department for Transport

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The National Standard for Cycle Training is being reviewed by the Department for Transport.

British Cycling will be responding and we want to hear your views to help shape our response, you can have your say here.

What is the National Standard?

The National Standard for Cycle Training (commonly just called the National Standard) is the series of outcomes that describe effective cycling and cyclist instruction and contribute to getting more people cycling, more safely, more often.

The National Standard consists of the following:

  • The outcomes that trainees demonstrate in training at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (the ‘trainee outcomes’)
  • The outcomes that trainee instructors must demonstrate when learning how to be a National Standard Instructor (the ‘instructor outcomes’)
  • The outcomes that trainee instructor trainers must demonstrate when learning how to be a National Standard Instructor Trainer (the ‘Instructor trainer outcomes’)

What’s within the scope of the National Standard Review?

All the above outcomes are within the scope of the review, as are the centralised courses to deliver them.

What’s the difference between the National Standard and Bikeability?

The National Standard is the set Outcomes that underpins the skills necessary for cyclists and instructors.  Bikeability is the Department for Transport (DfT) funded award scheme through which the DfT promotes the National Standard in England and supports its delivery in Scotland and Wales.

Why does the National Standard need to be revised?

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 five years ago and, given the goal shared by public bodies and the industry to continually improve quality of cycle training delivery, the DfT is looking to consider any necessary changes to keep the standard in line with current good practice. 

The materials that we are reviewing include the Level 1, 2 and 3 outcomes of the National Standard.

The review is important as it forms the basis of what is taught. After this review process the DfT will be circulating a new set of outcomes and this in turn will mean changes to the training manuals that are used, including the Bikeability manuals.

The review will only make additions or changes to the National Standard where necessary and justifiable.

The DfT are encouraging anyonel that wants to contribute to the review to come forward with proposals that are well-developed and have wider support.

It is possible that this review could form the basis for the development of not just a National Standard for Cycle Training but that it could be expanded to inform changes to the Highway Code for cycling on the road, so it is a significant piece of work with potentially far reaching impact for everyone who cycles.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to contribute to the review you can do so individually via the DfT website or you can provide your comments via cycletraining@britishcycling.org.uk

British Cycling will collate all the responses and feed them back to the central review process.

The industry will have a key role in the revision, both in setting the direction of travel for the changes that need to be made to the National Standard, and the detail of it.

Other stakeholder organisations outside of the industry, such as disability or motoring organisations, will also have a valuable contribution to make.

The overall timetable for the review is as follows:

Mid August to early October 2017: stage one engagement. Schemes and stakeholder organisations will be able to provide their response to a series of key question prompts regarding the overall direction of travel for revisions to the National Standard, via an online form.

September 2017: a number of regional workshops will also be held for schemes and stakeholder organisations to provide their views

Early October – end December 2017: all submissions will be analysed and the National Standard will be redrafted in accordance with the views received.

Early January – end February 2018: stage two engagement. Schemes and stakeholder organisations will be able to provide their response to the revised National Standard, via an online form.

March 2018: final changes to the National Standard will be made.

End of March 2018: we envisage that the new National Standard will be in place by the end of March 2018.

Please do start to think about the changes to the National Standard that you would like to see, and how your ideas can be discussed with colleagues within your scheme or stakeholder organisation.