does cycling proficiency need more than just cycling?

My youngest son is due to take part in his school's cycling proficiency programme in the next few weeks, so over the weekend I took him to Halfords to buy a bike lock.

Not that I expect it to get nicked whilst he's in lessons but better safe than sorry on the security front.

Cycling proficiency?

Yep, the Government-run programme has been around for decades and (I've just found out) is now branded under the label Bikeability.

According to the website, 'Bikeability helps you learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the confidence to cycle and enjoy this skill for life'.

Of course, it makes perfect sense for children to have some professional training on roads they are familiar with, and adds to their confidence as they prepare for the challenges of senior school. They're at the perfect age to be taking on new challenges and practising new skills.

So why not add to their repertoire? Seems a little odd to just concentrate on bikes.

Surely there must be an opportunity to rebadge it as 'Transport Profiency' and include the use of public transport too? Learning what range of tickets are available, how to buy one, how to stop the bus, where to sit, when to ring the bell, how to read a timetable, what the app does etc. 

All things likely to be scary as hell for a primary school child, but with a little knowledge their fears could be overcome.

Don't forget, a confident young bus user is more likely to become a regular one.