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Last Updated: Thursday September 07 2006 10:01 GMT

New cycling safety award for kids

Girl on a bike

Soon you'll be able to take a new test to prove you're safe on your bicycle.

The Bikeability exam is set to replace the old-style Cycling Proficiency Test with the aim of getting you all up to the same standard of road safety.

It's also hoped that teaching you about bikes will get you into cycling for fun and encourage you to get fit.

The Bikeability scheme will be launched in England in April 2007. It's hoped in five years every child will be able to leave school with the award.

The difference between Bikeability and the old Cycling Proficiency Test is that now you will all learn exactly the same safety stuff and sit the same exam.

There are three levels to the new test:

  • Level 1 - learning to ride off the road and away from traffic
  • Level 2 - real cycling experience on safe roads
  • Level 3 - learn how to ride in different traffic conditions and some dangers

A bike
And for each level pass you'll get a metal badge, booklet, certificate and a letter to your parent or carer.

The Cycling Proficiency Test was developed about 70 years ago. This is the first big change to the way road safety is being taught to you.

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