Balance bike training

Balance bike training

About this activity

Suitable for early years and Key Stage 1 pupils. Supports the PE National Curriculum.

Balance bike training allows pupils to start developing their cycling skills. These bikes are light and easy to handle so children need little assitance using them, helping to build their confidence before moving on to a pedal bike.

You'll find lots of information and ideas for running balance bike training in TfL's Get Cycling curriculum resource booklet. It includes a teachers' checklist for training sessions and the equipment you'll need as well as six practical session plans and 10 classroom activities to support them. 

Find out about funding for pool bikes and scooters which can support this activity and speak to your borough officer for guidance.

Activity contributed by Sustrans.

Activity steps

Use the resources
Download and look through the Get Cycling booklet and watch the videos (see Resources) to help plan your balance bike training sessions
Safety first
Make sure you have permission for each individual to be involved and have completed any risk assessments
Get biking!
Have fun using the balance bikes in the playground allowing the children to develop their skills. How did your pupils find the training? Can you see an improvement in their confidence?
Tell your story
Sign in to STARS to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos and any posters or promotional materials. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports the PE National Curriculum
  • Pre-step to cycling
  • Encourages exploration of personal capabilities