City cycling skills and training

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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If you are still unable to complete the booking form, please contact Emily Tester on 01273 293847 or email east.central@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Who are the courses for?

Our courses are for everyone and anyone of all ages, abilities and background, over the age of 14 years old. 
If, however, you have a child who would like to take part in one of our courses, and is slightly younger than 14 years old, if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, we can cater for them too.

 

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

Also, if you are interested in attending a female only cycle maintenance course, please email the address above.

Course requirements

If you own a bicycle please bring it to all cycle training and maintenance sessions that you book on to.  If you do not own a bicycle you can use one of the Brighton Bikeshare bikes or hire a bicycle at a discounted rate from Cycle Brighton.

Cycle training courses

Learn to Ride - costs £10

Saturday mornings at 10am. Meet at the Chalet Café in Preston 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 £10

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.

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Intermediate cycle training - Level 2 costs £15

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

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Experienced cycle training - Level 3 costs £20

Saturdays from 9.30am – 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 an 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 £15

Cargo bikes are becoming more popular for transporting children on the school run and for moving goods and equipment around the city.  There are different types of cargo bikes on the market and can handle differently depending on size and number of wheels.

Our cycle instructors are now qualified to teach people how to use cargo bikes safely, demonstrating how to manoeuvre carefully with and without a load.

If you have recently acquired a cargo bike and want some help to feel more confident using it, then our instructors can help.

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Cycle maintenance classes

“The course was great, very informative. The instructors taught in a way that made it easy to understand and there are some useful hands on demonstrations” - course participant.

Learning how to look after your bicycle properly can save you time, money and prevent an accident. By learning some simple mechanical skills you can ensure your bike runs smoothly through the year and know how to fix it when things go wrong.

We have two cycle maintenance courses to choose from.

Basic cycle maintenance - costs £10

Tuesdays 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 so it runs smoothly throughout the year. You will learn:

  • how to do a safety check
  • the components on your bicycle
  • how to fix punctures and clean your bicycle
  • lubricating the correct components

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Intermediate cycle maintenance - £20

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
  • various brake types and learning how to make adjustments adjustments (this does not include hydraulic brakes)
  • changing a brake cable
  • splitting and re-joining a chain
  • other required maintenance skills

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About the funding

In January 2017, BHCC successfully won funding from the Department for Transport. The Access Fund for Sustainable Travel subsidises the City Cycling Skills programme that encourages more people to cycle confidently and improve road safety.

By providing these training courses, it is hoped that more people will choose cycling as a preferred way to travel for short and local journeys.

Other road safety training courses

Find out about cycle training courses for children and young people