City cycle courses
Find out about free cycling training for anyone who lives, works or studies in Westminster.
Published: 15 December 2020
Last updated: 26 January 2021
Due to the national lockdown, cycle training for schools, adults and groups are suspended until further notice.
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We're committed to making cycling safe, enjoyable and practical.
We offer free city cycling courses to anyone who lives, works or studies in Westminster. Sessions are available for individuals or groups and are tailored to your riding experience and needs.
First-time bike riders or regular cyclists looking to improve their skills are welcome.
You’ll receive up to two hours of one-to-one training with a qualified and insured instructor, who will tailor the session to your abilities and goals.
You can book your session for a time and place that suits you and your assigned instructor. Book your adult training session.
While wearing a helmet remains a matter of personal choice, we strongly recommend you wear one when cycling. Your instructor will be happy to give you advice on helmets as part of the training.
Group training sessions are designed for people who are new to cycling or who want to learn again from scratch.
Sessions take place on weekends in an off-road area. They are an ideal way to get started in a fun group environment before moving on to a one-to-one session.
Bicycles and helmets are provided. Book your place at a group session.
We offer schools sessions for years 3 and 4 that teach good bike control (Bikeability Level 1), how a bike works and get children excited about cycling through a set of fun playground games.
In years 5 and 6, we offer 5 two-hour sessions that incorporate Bikeability Level 1 and Bikeability Level 2 training. These take place on quiet roads near the school. Children learn bike control, basic rules of the road and a wealth of other useful information that gets them started as safe and responsible road users. Book a session at your school.
Bike Maintenance Lessons
Do you want to know how to keep your bike in good order? This £15 session covers basic bike maintenance including:
- wheel removal
- puncture repair
- brake adjustment
- gear alignment
- lubrication of key parts.
A little knowledge goes a long way and this course will pay for itself many times over in a very short time as well as making your riding experience more comfortable. Book a maintenance class.
Online cycle skills course
To ensure as many Londoners as possible are equipped with the basic skills needed to cycle safely in London, the Mayor of London has launched an online Cycle Skills course.
The course follows Bikeability National Standards and can help improve your basic skills so that you feel more confident before your one-to-one or group training session.
You will learn:
- Tips to get you and your bicycle prepared for the road
- How to start cycling on the road safely and responsibly
- Tips to brush up on your cycling skills
- How to cycle in a group with children
View the ABCheck taster video.
You’ll find the full Online Cycle Skills Course at TfL.
If you have any other issues or concerns about city cycling courses in Westminster, please email us at [email protected]