Learn to Cycle
Stars n Stripes presents Balanceabilty the UK’s first accredited learn to ride programme for children from 2 ½ speciﬁcally to help develop conﬁdence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance.
We combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to transition to pedals without ever needing stabilisers.
Stars n Stripes learn to ride programme is made up of 6 45 min sessions for each level:
- Level One is aimed at children aged 2½ to 4 years old. It focuses on movement patterns, gross motor skills and dynamic balance using a balance bike. Children learn how to pick up, manoeuvre, mount and dismount their bikes and then learn the skills to ride a balance bike safely.
- Level Two is aimed at children aged 4 to 6 years old and continues the development of gross motor skills and dynamic balance. The main goal is to improve the children’s gliding, stopping and braking skills to enable them to ride solo on a pedal bike safely and confidently by the end of the course.
By establishing the fine and gross motor skills that are required for cycling, children will progress naturally through the key stages and experience the joys of riding a bicycle throughout their early childhood and beyond into teenage and adult life.
94% of children aged 4 to 6 years old being able to safely ride a pedal bike at the end of the programme.
Stars n stripes believe that children learn better whilst having fun, they also love to dress up and role play – that’s why we created our simulated road.
We aim to link the two elements: they will not only learn to ride a bike without ever needing stabilisers, they learn to balance, break and stop whilst learning to ride safely from the very start.
The twist in our project is that we promote basic road safety awareness on our simulated play-road where we encourage roleplay and dress up as lollipop ladies/men, police officers & workmen with real road signs, traffic lights, zebra crossing, bumps and much more.
We also open our play road to any wheels encouraging younger children to bring their trike, scooter, scuttle bug, wheelie, skates or walker at specific sessions.