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Cyclist Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

There are two parts to achieving this badge. Complete all tasks for part one.

  1. Use a bicycle that is properly equipped. Keep it in good working order
    for at least six months.
  2. Show that you can carry out essential maintenance and repairs, including:
    • checking and adjusting the brakes
    • checking and adjusting the gear change
    • adjusting the seat and handlebars to a correct height
    • removing a wheel and locating and repairing at puncture
    • checking and adjusting your cycle helmet
    • maintaining a set of lights.

For part two of this activity badge, choose one of these options then complete all the tasks for that option.

Option 1: road cycling
You can automatically complete option 1 if you gain Bikeability Level 2 or 3. Otherwise, here’s what you need to do for this option.

  1. Explain what extra precautions you should take when cycling in the
    dark or in wet weather. Show you understand why motor vehicles take longer to stop in the wet.
  2. Learn the basics of first aid and what to do if an accident happens.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of map reading. Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
  4. Plan and carry out an all-day cycle ride of at least 40 kilometres (25 miles).
  5. Complete one of these:
    • Show you can control a cycle along a slalom course.
    • Show you understand the Highway Code, including road signs and helmet use.

Option 2: off-road cycling

  1. Show you understand the Mountain Bike Code of Conduct.
  2. Show you can control your cycle over different types of terrain.
  3. Show you’re aware of the damage that may be caused to the environment through careless cycling across the countryside.
  4. Learn the basics of first aid, including the treatment of hypothermia and find out what to do in the case of an accident.
  5. Gain a working knowledge of map reading. Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
  6. Plan and carry out an all-day ride of at least 30 kilometres (20 miles).


Option 3: external qualifications
You can complete option 3 if you reach one of these standards:

Guidance for Leaders

For guidance on including cycling in your Programme, visit scouts.org.uk/a-z  and for more ideas, read this badge support blog.

Top tips

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Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility

Adapting Badge and Award Requirements
Badge and award requirements can be adapted (for example, for young people with additional needs, medical conditions and disabilities) to ensure a similar level of challenge for all young people.  This may mean that you need to scale the level of difficult up or down to suit the individual’s needs.
The things to consider are:

  1. Whether the individual elements can be adapted or whether they need to be replaced by an entirely different challenge
  2. Whether to change the requirements for one young person or whether it is more appropriate to change them for the whole Section to ensure the young person doesn't feel singled out
  3. One thing that many Leaders do to adapt badge requirements in similar circumstances is to develop some of the individual challenges into a team challenge so that the young person can use their individual strengths and abilities to achieve a team goal. Again, this avoids one Member being singled out.


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