Cycling Proficiency Test

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The Cycling Proficiency Test was a test given by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which served as a minimum recommended standard for cycling on British roads. It has been superseded by the new National Standards for Cycle Training, branded Bikeability in England.[1]

The first Cycling Proficiency Test was held for seven children on 7 October 1947.[2] The National Cycling Proficiency Scheme was introduced by the Government in 1958, with statutory responsibility for road safety being given to local authorities in 1974, including the provision of child cyclist training.

The first child to get 100% for this test was Stephen Borrill of Scunthorpe in 1962 and was featured on the front page of the The News of the World. Stephen was given the honour of "Knight of the Road" presented by the Mayor of Scunthorpe at the council offices in Central Park.


  1. ^ Bikeability, official website - DfT
  2. ^ The Effectiveness of Cyclist Training, RoSPA

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