Cycle training and support
Bikeability and Cycle Skills training courses have been affected by the pandemic. Following the latest guidelines we are only permitted to offer Bikeability and 1-2-1 adult cycle skills training. Measures have been put in place by our training provider to ensure cycle training is delivered in a Covid-safe way.
Please note: We are unable to offer complete beginner training due to social distancing restrictions.
For those of you who are now cycling as part of your daily exercise or commute to work (avoiding public transport) under the Government's COVID-19 guidance, can we please ask that you:
- follow the rules of the road (Highway Code)
- ride safely
- be mindful of your surroundings
- ride responsibly
- respect social distancing.
Redbridge Council is encouraging more residents to cycle, whether it's to work, school, the shops, or as part of a fun family outing. If you live, work or study in the borough, the following training is available to assist you in building your cycling confidence on our streets.
Whether you're new to cycling or just want to brush up on your skills, TfL’s free online Cycle Skills course provides easy to follow tips and advice to get you going.
There are four short modules to try, and if you complete all four modules you’ll receive a unique 15% discount code so you can save on Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks and helmets.
To complete the course, visit https://cycle-skillsonline.tfl.gov.uk/. You will need to register for a TfL account to access the modules.
Free Cycle Training for Adults
You can take advantage of our free cycle training to help build your cycling confidence.
Whether you are a returning or an experienced cyclist, our cycle training sessions can help to improve your confidence and skills.
Training is available for:
Training can start from your home or any other convenient location.
Free Bikeability Cycle Training for Schools
All Redbridge schools can apply for free 'Bikeability' cycle training for pupils in years 5, 6 and above.
We are currently offering the following levels of training:
- Level 1 is playground-based and covers basic cycle handling skills and balance,
- Level 2 allows children to experience real traffic on quieter roads and cycle lanes, perhaps including the journey to school,
The training teaches students:
- how to cycle safely on roads
- how to interact with other road users
- develops judgement and decision making skills when cycling.
If your school is interested, please contact: Smarter.Travel@redbridge.gov.uk
Cycle Sisters is an award-winning charity which aims to inspire and enable Muslim women to cycle. In partnership with Redbridge Council the group is creating new cycling opportunities for women in the borough.
The group works to address the inequalities in cycling by ensuring that the needs of Muslim women are understood and met. They challenge stereotypes, and provide support, role models, and regular opportunities for Muslim women to cycle, making cycling more inclusive
Group rides are arranged from Valentines Park, where loan bikes are provided through Redbridge Councils cycle training hub at no cost.
Instagram account @cyclesistersuk
This social enterprise is all about empowering women by introducing them to the joys of cycling. After receiving a ‘This Girl Can’ grant form Sport England and a TfL ‘Walking and Cycling’ grant they are launching the project in Redbridge in 2021. The group will focus on supporting women who are looking use the bicycle to make local journeys and commute to and from work.
Led rides will be established to and from key destinations in Redbridge; including stations, schools and hospitals. Rides will be led by qualified cycling instructors, backed up by volunteer ride leaders who will be trained by ‘JoyRiders’ instructors supporting a wide range of cycling ability and confidence.
If you want to help more women gain the confidence to ride like you then contact the group to see how to become a ‘JoyRiders’ volunteer ride leader, https://www.joyriderslondon.org/contact
Anyone who wants to know more about the support available should visitt the JoyRiders website or book onto one of their Virtual Coffee Breaks.
Let's Ride / Breeze
British Cycling organise many local rides for you to book onto, including guided rides, social rides and women-only 'Breeze' rides. Visit letsride.co.uk and enter your postcode to find rides near you.