Whether you are a first time rider, a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills or a family looking to make journeys together, we provide fully subsidised Cycle Skills training to suit your needs.
Subsidised by Transport for London subject to conditions, availability and funding.
In advance of your session we recommend you complete the TfL's online Cycle Skills course. The course provides easy to follow tips and advice to get you going. There are four short modules to try, including how to cycle as a family.
About our sessions
Our professional cycling instructors are nationally accredited and available seven days a week to meet you at a time and place to suit you. You can see the available slots on the booking form. Sessions are limited to 2 sessions per adult/family, lasting 2 hours each. We can provide bikes for the session but you will need to meet our instructors where the bikes are stored, normally at the Pavillion cafe in Beddington Park.
We can only subsidise cycle skills to 2 sessions per family. Additional bookings are charged £30 for 1.5 hours and £40 for 2 hours. There is a £10 administration charge for any cancellations within two working days of each session. The full fee is retained if less than 24 hours.
Adults - one-to-one or in pairs
- Families - up to two adults and three children
After booking your place, you must make a payment so that your place is confirmed.
By appointment at the Council's office
By bank transfer:
Account name: RBK Direct Credit Account
Account number: 14717168
Reference: “Cycle Skills”
Important: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your transaction.
What can we cover in a session?
You will learn the basics of controlling a bike, build your skills and gain confidence to ride your bike in an off-road environment.
Road confidence cycle skills
Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a free session tailored to you. You will start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your qualified instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle more confidently.
On the road again - busier roads, commuting journeys
Perfect your cycling techniques, plan journeys, manage more complex junctions and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively.
Family cycle skills
Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on or prepare for Bikeability skills taught in schools. We are unable to provide children's bikes for these sessions.
Group Cycling Sessions at Beddington Park - These sessions are not currently available
We run adult group cycling sessions every Saturday (excluding December) in Beddington Park. Learn to ride a bike or improve your skills in a fun and social session! We will provide bikes and helmets to use but you can also bring your own. There are 2 sessions:
9:30am - 10:30am - Learn to Ride
These sessions are for adults that are not yet able to ride a bike independently. Our instructors will help you to start off and pedal a bike unaided.
10:30am - 11:30am - Improving Skills
These sessions are for adults that can ride a bike but maybe haven’t ridden in a while or would like to improve their skills before making journeys on their own. It will cover checking your bike, starting and stopping, controlling your bike, gears, emergency stops, looking behind and taking your hand off to signal.