City cycling skills and training

Cycling can be a quick and convenient way to travel around the city.

We offer subsidised cycling and maintenance classes to empower people to travel more sustainably, be safer cyclists and make better travel choices.

Who are the courses for?

Our courses are for everyone and anyone of all ages and abilities, over the age of 14 years old. However, if you have a child who is slightly younger and they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, we can cater for them too.

If you own a bicycle please bring it to all cycle training sessions.

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.

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.


Learn to Ride - £10

Saturday mornings at 10am. Meet at 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:

  • 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.

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:

  • Starting
  • Stopping
  • Looking behind you
  • Braking and emergency braking
  • Signalling

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.

Want to know how to cycle on the roads? Need a confidence boost? Our cycle instructors will teach you all you need to know to cycle safely and confidently on the roads. 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 then Level 3 training is for you. You will learn:

  • Filtering
  • Cycling on cycle lanes
  • Complex junctions
  • Roundabouts

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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.

Learn some simple mechanical skills to ensure that your bike runs smoothly through the year and fix it when things go wrong. Choose from to levels to suit your experience.

Basic cycle maintenance - £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 throughout the year. You will learn about:

  • the components on your bicycle
  • how to do a safety check
  • fix punctures and clean
  • lubricate important parts

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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
  • changing a brake cable
  • splitting and re-joining a chain
  • other required maintenance skills

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About the funding

In January 2017, the council was successful in a bid to receive funding from the Department for Transport. The Access Fund for Sustainable Travel subsidises City Cycling Skills to encourage more people to cycle and improve road safety. By providing these training courses, it is hoped that more people will choose cycling as a preferred mode of transport for local journeys.

Other road safety training courses

Find out about cycle training courses for children and young people