City cycling skills and training

City Cycling Skills

We offer 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 training course

What you need to know about Level 1, 2 and 3 cycling courses

  • You need to bring a road-worthy bike. It must be safe to ride on the road, with working front and rear brakes.
  • We recommend wearing a helmet for the course but they are not compulsory.
  • These courses take place on Saturday mornings. Times and locations are below each course description.

Beginner cycle training - Level 1

This course takes place on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon (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, signalling and most importantly, looking behind you. This is done in a non-traffic environment.

Intermediate cycle training - Level 2

This course 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.

Experienced cycle training - Level 3

This course 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

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.

Basic cycle maintenance skills

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.

Intermediate cycle maintenance skills

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.

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.

Apply for a cycle training or maintenance course now

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