City cycling skills and training

City Cycling Skills

City Cycling Skills offers free cycle training and maintenance courses to Brighton & Hove residents who are 14 years of age and above.

The courses are subsidised by the Department for Transport's Access Fund.

Choosing your cycle maintenance training course

Basic cycle maintenance

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 course takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Maclaren room at The Level

Intermediate cycle maintenance

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

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.
  • Cycle training courses finish at different times depending on the level of the course you choose, as well as your ability and experience.

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. 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 1 cycle training takes place on Saturdays from 10am to 12noon (approximately). Meeting place is the Chalet Café in Preston Park

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. 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 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

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. You will learn how to cycle on busier roads and how to cycle safely when approaching complex junctions.

  • Level 3 cycle training takes place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm (approximately) on quiet and busy roads. Meeting place is the Maclaren room at The Level

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

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