City cycling skills and training

City Cycling Skills

City Cycling Skills offers free cycle training and maintenance courses to residents of Brighton & Hove aged 14 years and over. The courses are funded by the Department for Transport from the Sustainable Travel Transition Year Fund.

 Choosing your cycle maintenance training course

Basic cycle maintenance (two hour course)

On this course you will learn how to maintain and look after your bicycle throughout the year. You will learn about the components on your bicycle, how to do a safety check, fix punctures and clean and lubricate important parts.

Basic cycle maintenance courses take place during weekday evenings at the following locations:

  • The Maclaren room at The Level – Tuesdays and Thursdays - 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Changing Gears (63 Lewes Road) – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 6pm to 8pm

Intermediate cycle maintenance (four hour course)

This course will introduce you to using specific tools and lubricants, looking at various brake types and learning  how to make adjustments, changing a brake cable, splitting and re-joining a chain and other required maintenance skills.

Intermediate cycle maintenance courses take place during Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays mornings 9.30am to 2.30pm (break time included) at the following locations:

  • The Maclaren room at The Level – Saturdays – 9.30am to 2.30pm
  • Changing Gears (63 Lewes Road) – Mondays and Fridays – 9.30am to 2.30pm

 Choosing your cycle training course

What you need to know

  • You will need to bring a road-worthy bike. It should be safe to ride on the road, with working front and rear brakes.
  • Helmets are recommended but they are not compulsory.
  • Level 1 cycle training takes place in Preston Park – meeting place: Chalet Café in Preston Park. We have two training sessions, one at 10am and the other at 12pm on Saturdays
  • Level 2 and 3 cycle training happens on quiet and busy roads – meeting place: Maclaren room in The Level  at 9.30am on Saturdays
  • Our providers, Changing Gears, also provide cycle training on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Beginner cycle training - Level 1

New to cycling? Need to brush up on your cycling skills? You’re not alone. Level 1 training can get you on a bike and cycling confidently.

Intermediate cycle training - Level 2

Want to know how to cycle on the roads? Need a confidence boost? Our cycle trainers will teach you all you need to know to cycle safely and confidently on the roads.

Experienced cycle training - Level 3

If you want to learn how to cycle on busy roads and at complex junctions, then Level 3 training is for you.

About the training courses

Our cycle training providers teach according to the UK's national standard for cycle training:

  • Level 1 – You will learn basic skills such as turning, braking and emergency braking, signaling and most importantly, looking behind you. This is done in a non-traffic environment.
  • Level 2 – You will learn about road positioning, communicating with other road-users and undertaking basic on-road movements, such as passing parked cars and turning at junctions.
  • Level 3 – You will learn how to cycle on busier roads and how to cycle safely when approaching complex junctions.

 In May 2016, we were successful in a bid to receive funding from the Sustainable Travel Transition Year fund. The Department for Transport is funding this initiative to encourage more people to cycle and improve road safety. By providing these free training courses it is hoped that more people will choose cycling as a preferred mode of transport for local journeys.

Our cycle providers have lots of experience teaching people who have never ridden a bicycle before. There is a maximum of six people per group with two instructors. Our cycle providers will ensure that every one of our trainees will get the required attention to make sure they get the best training possible.

 Other road safety training courses

If you wish to arrange for your own private training the Bikeability website has a section identifying local Bikeability trainers who deliver training privately to the standard.  It is aimed at all ages.

Find out about cycle training for children and young people