Where to go on a free cycle training course in London?

The best advice I’ve ever received as a cyclist?

Go on a cycle training course!

Despite being a confident cyclist, a friend of mine, LCC trustee David Love, convinced me I should go. I did, and it completely changed the way I cycle.

After I’d been on the course I noticed dangerous situations I was putting myself in regularly. I noticed how differently I was treated by drivers, once I’d made a few small changes to my cycling technique.

Most people scoff at the notion, because they think it’s like what you did as a child, in a fluorescent jacket, going down quiet streets.

It’s nothing like that! The courses are generally two hours of one on one tuition where you get incredibly useful advice from well researched cycling techniques.

By the end of it, you’ll feel far more confident.

The best part? Most of these courses are subsidised and are either free or very cheap.

Below, I’ve listed who you need to get in touch with to take a cycle training course. If your area isn’t listed then I recommend contacting TfL who can recommend a group in your area.

Camden council have put together a video showing some of the things you’ll learn in a two hour session.

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6 Responses to Where to go on a free cycle training course in London?

  1. jonF 18/08/2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I went on a free Lambeth course in January and learnt two very useful tips.

    http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/TransportStreets/WalkingCycling/Cycle+Training.htm

    I started commuting by bike in 1987.

    Jon

  2. Ian 19/08/2013 at 8:01 am #

    Liked the red gloves. Reinforced my reason to buy gloves with as much red as I can get for my commute.

  3. Stacey 23/08/2013 at 10:15 am #

    I went on a one-to-one course organised by Bromley 3 years ago – and I’d thoroughly recommend it. I drive and I’ve been a local cyclist for years and I thought I’d like to get out and about more on my bike and that it’d be a good idea for have some training. My instructor told me I cycled like a driver and that as a cyclist I should command the space I’m in rather than giving drivers a narrow gap through which to aim. Lots of other tips have made me a better safer cyclist.

  4. Migui_blu 23/08/2013 at 10:30 am #

    I went on the Lambeth subsidised course purely cause I got a free advanced maintenance course. With the new knowledge I have since saved hundreds on repair bills, built 2 bikes and pining for my next project as well as riding a lot more confidently on the road.

    I wasn’t exactly lacking in confidence in the first place but a couple changes to my riding style and have since noticed the benefits. I have recommended this to anyone who’ll listen.

  5. roger 23/08/2013 at 10:54 am #

    Not all authorities offer cycle training Barnet don’t and say:-
    “If a school encourages their pupils to cycle to school a cycling policy and cycle storage should be in place. It is recommended that pupils do not cycle to school on the road unless they have received appropriate cycle training to level 2 of the national Bikeability scheme

    The school itself may organise cycle training for their pupils. If not, you can arrange for private cycle training for your child by finding a local, bikeability registered provider. There will be a charge for the training. ” Nothing for adults.
    Also Richmond charge £25 per session for adults. Strange as TfL offer at lest £100k pa to councils to run Bikeability. I guess some councils just don’t want to ask for it, for whatever reason.

  6. Junie 24/08/2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I did my training and I will recommend it to women who cycle to work. It was the best decision I ever did and now I can cycle knowing am doing it right. I cycled with wandsworth council which offers FREE training!

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