Cycling can be a quick and convenient way to travel around the city.  At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer subsidised cycle training and maintenance classes to empower people to travel more actively, be safer cyclists and make better travel choices.

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Who the courses are for

Whether you’re a complete beginner that would like to start cycling or a regular cyclist looking to brush up on advanced skills, our instructors will tailor a cycle training session to suit you.

Our fully trained instructors follow the nationally recognised Bikeability syllabus, starting with an off-road assessment of skills for all participants and then building from there. As well as offering Bikeability, we can also help with confidence-building if you're new or returning to cycling and support planning and riding a route to work or school, if that is your cycling aim.

Our courses are for everyone and anyone of all ages, abilities and background, over the age of 14 years old. By providing these training courses we hope that more people will choose cycling as a preferred way to travel for journeys around the city.

Eligibility for free cycle training

All of our adult cycle training courses are offered free to eligible learners. To enrol on a free adult cycle training course, you must be:

  • aged 19 or over
  • a UK citizen, a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or have a Right of Abode in the UK
  • you must have generally lived in the UK / EEA for at least three years before your first day of learning

Priority will be given to learners with qualifications below Level 2, on means tested benefits or a low income.

If you think you're eligible for free training, email east.central@brighton-hove.gov.uk

About our instructors

All our cycle instructors are DBS checked, experienced and professional. They teach according to the UK’s national standard for cycle training and have plenty of experience teaching people who have never ridden a bicycle before.

If you have a preference to being taught by a female or male trainer please email east.central@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Course requirements

If you own a bicycle please bring it to your cycle training session.  If you do not own a bicycle you can use one of the Brighton Bikeshare bikes  We may be able to help provide a bike for your session, please contact us about this before booking onto a course.

Cycle training courses

One to one – costs £40

Our 1 to 1 training course lasts for 2 hours and can be booked at a mutually convenient time. Our instructors will meet you at a pre-arranged location, where they will begin by assessing your cycling level. The sessions will be tailored to suit your cycling capabilities and needs. Depending on your cycling level, the session will include skills covered in our Level 1 to 3 courses.

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Learn to Ride - costs £15

Saturday mornings at 10am. Meet at the Chalet Café in Preston Park or Hove Park Café in Hove Park.

New to cycling? Returning to cycling after a long time out the saddle? We can help you feel comfortable and confident on your bike. You will learn basic skills such as:

  • getting on and off a bike
  • starting
  • stopping
  • cycling independently

This is done in a non-traffic environment.

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Beginner cycle training - Level 1 costs £20

Saturdays from 10am to 1pm (approximately). Meet at the Chalet Café in Preston Park.

Do you want to sharpen your cycling skills? You are not alone. Level 1 cycle training will enable you to cycle confidently and be more aware. You will learn basic skills such as:

  • starting
  • stopping
  • looking behind you
  • braking and emergency braking
  • hand signalling (cycling with one hand)

This is done in a non-traffic environment.

Sign up and pay for your course

Intermediate cycle training 

Level 2 - costs £35

Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm (approximately) on quiet and busy roads. Meet at the Maclaren Room at The Level.

Do you want to cycle safely and confidently? On this course you will learn how to cycle on local roads. Our cycle instructors will teach you all you need to know. You will learn about:

  • undertaking basic on-road movements, such as passing parked cars and turning at junctions
  • road positioning
  • communicating with other road users

Sign up and pay for your course

Experienced cycle training

Level 3 - costs £40

Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm (approximately) on quiet and busy roads. Meet at the Maclaren Room at The Level.

If you want to learn how to cycle on busy city roads and junctions then Level 3 training is for you. You will learn:

  • filtering
  • cycling on cycle lanes
  • complex junctions
  • roundabouts

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Cargo Bike training  - costs £25

Cargo bikes are becoming more popular for transporting children on the school run and for businesses moving goods and equipment around the city.  There are different types of cargo bikes on the market and depending on their size and number of wheels (two wheelers, tricycles or quadracycles) all handled differently.

If you have recently acquired a cargo bike and want some help to feel more confident using it, then our instructors can help. Our cycle instructors are qualified to teach people how to use cargo bikes safely, demonstrating how to manoeuvre carefully with and without a load.

Please email us at east.central@brighton-hove.gov.uk to register your interest and we will let you know when our next Cargo bike training session will be taking place.

Other road safety training courses

Find out about cycle training courses for children and young people.