City cycling skills and training

City Cycling Skills

There is a small fee towards the cost of each course. You can find the cost beside each course below. The courses are subsidised by the Department for Transport's Access Fund.

Cycle maintenance skills

Basic cycle maintenance course - £10

This course takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Maclaren room at The Level.

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. Sign up and pay for your course.

Intermediate cycle maintenance course - £20

This course takes place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Maclaren room at The Level.

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. Sign up and pay for your course.

Cycle training courses

Learn to Ride - £10

Training will be at Preston Park, Saturday mornings starting at 10am. Meeting place is the Chalet Café in Preston Park.

New to cycling? Want to feel comfortable and confident on a bike? You’re not alone. Learn to Ride will help you to do this. You will learn basic skills such as starting, stopping, getting on and off a bike safely. This is done in a non-traffic environment. Sign up and pay for your course.

Beginner cycle training - Level 1 costs £10

Level 1 cycle training takes place on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm (approximately). Meeting place is the Chalet Café in Preston Park

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. 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. Sign up and pay for your course.

Intermediate cycle training - Level 2 costs £15

Level 2 cycle training takes place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm (approximately) on quiet and busy roads. Meeting place is the Maclaren room at The Level.

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. 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. Sign up and pay for your course.

Experienced cycle training - Level 3 costs £20

Level 3 cycle training takes place on Saturdays from 9.30am – 1.30pm (approximately) on quiet and busy roads. Meeting place is the Maclaren room at The Level.

If you want to learn how to cycle on busy roads and at complex junctions, then Level 3 training is for you. You will learn how to cycle on busier roads and how to cycle safely when approaching complex junctions. Sign up and pay for your course.

About the training courses

In January 2017, we were successful in a bid to receive funding from the Access Fund. The Department for Transport is subsidising this initiative to encourage more people to cycle and improve road safety. By providing these subsidised training courses it is hoped that more people will choose cycling as a preferred mode of transport for local journeys.

Our cycle training providers teach according to the UK's national standard for cycle training. They have a lot 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

Find out about cycle training courses for children and young people