Camden cycle skills courses

Camden Cycle Skills teaches essential bike riding skills for all ages and abilities, from beginner and intermediate group courses and open community cycling, to individual training on busy roads. 

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Camden can register on the following for free:

Participants who have completed a course and require more training can ask their instructors for advice on registering for further sessions.  

All training follows the government Bikeability syllabus and all instructors are National Standards qualified, have received First Aid training, and hold current DBS Certificates as required for working with young or vulnerable people.

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We recommend that trainees bring their own helmet if they wish to wear one. All training takes place outdoors.  

We offer training bicycles to those who state at registration that they do not have an own bike. 

For further information contact cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

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Adult Cycle Skills

We offer free training to suit your learning goals: 

  • Learn to Cycle Never got round to learning to cycle? Want more practice with starting, stopping and balancing on a bike? We teach the first principles.
  • Building Cycle Confidence Keen to boost your cycling skills before sharing the road with other traffic? We teach important bike control skills to prepare you for cycling safely on the road.
  • Advanced Cycle Skills Individual cycle training delivered on the road. Sessions are tailored to suit each individual, improving hazard awareness and safe road habits of experienced cyclists.

We recommend you watch Transport for London's online Cycle Skills course before attending our sessions.  

Learn to Cycle

Group courses for beginners who have never been riding a bike or still want to improve their starting, stopping and balancing. 

Courses usually consist of two 45 minute sessions on consecutive days. Training is held in the traffic-free grounds of Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  View map.  

Training bikes are available to borrow.

Date Time
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 Feb 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 Feb 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 Feb 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 Feb 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 March 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 March 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Sunday 21 April 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Sunday 21 April 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Saturday 11 May 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Saturday 11 May 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Sunday 19 May 2024 11.15am to 12.15pm
Sunday 19 May 2024 12.45pm to 1.45pm

If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any places becoming available at short notice will be offered to those registered on later courses.
 

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Building Cycle Confidence

Group courses to prepare you for riding on the road. This course is for cyclists who can ride unaided.  Participants practice bike control skills such as cycling one-handed, changing gears efficiently, and stopping quickly in an emergency. 

Courses usually consist of two 60 minute sessions on consecutive days. Training takes place in a shared, traffic-free street close to the meeting place near St Pancras International Station View map or in the traffic-free grounds of Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station View map.  

Training bikes can be borrowed, but bring your own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can.  

Date

Time

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2024 10am to 11am
Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 March 2024 10am to 11am
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 10am to 11am
Sunday 21 April 2024 10am to 11am
Sunday 19 May 2024 10am to 11am

If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any places becoming available at short notice will be offered to those registered on later courses.

 

These sessions are for cyclists interested in practicing their traffic skills. 

These courses are delivered at Haverstock School, NW3.  Training is offered individually or in very small groups, beginning on quiet streets and moving on to busier, more complex roads as appropriate.  

Participants must already have good bike control skills, such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. 

Training bikes can be borrowed, but bring your own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can.  

Date Time
Saturday 11 May 2024 10 to 11am


If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any places becoming available at short notice will be offered to those registered on later courses.

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These sessions are for cyclists interested in advancing their traffic skills on all types of urban road. 

This training is delivered one-to-one, or in very small groups, by a personal cycling instructor who will tailor the course to individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to work or college.  Training will begin on quiet roads and progress to more challenging situations, which could include complex junctions, multi-lane traffic and busy roundabouts. You can see a Camden Urban Cycle Skills session in progress on YouTube.

Participants must have good bike control skills, such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. Trainees should have their own bike, although the use of a borrowed or hired bike is possible.

Each training session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. You can request a preferred training date, time and location during registration. Your instructor will get in touch with you individually to arrange your cycle skills session. 

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Children's Cycle Skills

Our courses equip children with the skills needed for cycling safely. 

Children Learn to Cycle

This course is children who are still learning to start, stop and balance. We prioritise children aged 8 (school year 3) and above. For web pages with suggestions of how to practice cycling with children of any age check these links.     

Courses usually consist of two 45 minute sessions on consecutive days.  Training is held in the safe playground area of Haverstock School, near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  View map.  

Some training bikes are available to borrow, but do bring your child's own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can.  

Children's training courses are subject to confirmation after sufficient registrations are received.     

Date Time
Tues 2 and Wednesday 3 April 2024 11.30am to 12.30pm or 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April  2024 11.30am to 12.30pm or 12.45pm to 1.45pm

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Children Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice essential skills such as signalling, observation and stopping quickly. Aimed at young people and children aged 8 or above who are able to ride unassisted and want to improve their safe cycling skills.

Courses usually consist of two sessions on consecutive days. Training is held in the safe playground area of Haverstock School, near Chalk Farm Underground Station. View map.  

Some training bikes are available to borrow, but do bring your child's own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can. 

Children's training courses are subject to confirmation after sufficient registrations are received.     

Date Time
Tues 2 and Wednesday 3 April 2024 10am to 11am
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April  2024 10am to 11am 

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Children and Families Urban Cycle Skills

This course is aimed at children and parents or guardians, teaching children to cycle safely on quiet roads, and teaching you to lead your child safely through traffic. This training is delivered in family groups by a personal cycling instructor who will tailor the course to your individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to school. 

Your child will need good bike control skills including signalling, stopping quickly and observation. We recommend that children can practiced these skills first at our Children's Building Cycle Confidence group courses (see above). 

Training will begin away from traffic, moving onto quiet roads and busier situations as appropriate. Sessions last between 90 and 120 minutes. All participants must have their own, well-fitting and roadworthy bikes.

You can request a preferred training date during registration. Our instructor will get in touch with you to arrange your cycle skills session individually. 


Bikeability at Schools

Camden Cycle Skills training is also offered to many children at Camden schools, under the name of ‘Bikeablity’. 

Children in year 5 or 6 can learn road safety skills on quiet roads. Younger pupils are taught bike control skills within the school grounds. Pupils in early year groups can take part in scooter training and pedestrian skills sessions.

Contact your school directly to find out whether this will be available to your child. Schools looking for further information on Bikeability should email Camden's Road Safety Officer.

Bike maintenance courses - Suspended

We regret that Bike Maintenance courses cannot be held until further notice.  Please check this web page again for future updates. 

Our Essential Bike Maintenance course teaches skills for carrying out routine maintenance and simple repairs:

  • bike overview: names of parts, roadworthiness
  • tools: what's needed?
  • preventative maintenance: cleaning and lubrication
  • cycling in Comfort: adjustments for comfort and efficiency
  • tyres and Punctures: repair, tyre and wheel removal
  • brakes: different types, adjustments, replacing pads and cables
  • gears: indexing and replacing a gear cable

The course does not cover hydraulic disc brakes, hub brakes, hub gears or suspension systems.

If available, bring your own bicycle and tools to work with.

Training takes place in an outdoor area at Haverstock School.

This course is not suitable for children. 

Date Availability
suspended no registrations accepted

 

No sessions currently available

You can only book one session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give at least 72 hrs notice in the event of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as you can as we want to offer the place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Cycle skills terms and conditions

By accepting to receive training from London Borough of Camden, you agree that:

  1. You must advise the instructor of any medical conditions that may affect the training.
  2. London Borough of Camden will not be responsible for any injury or damage to property unless caused by the instructor's negligence. Personal belongings are brought to the training at own risk.
  3. If you bring your own bike, it must be roadworthy and safe. The instructor will check the bike at the start of the session.
  4. In accordance with the law, you can decide whether or not to wear a helmet. If you wear a helmet during training, it must be well-fitting and meet current safety standards. London Borough of Camden will not be liable for any injury or damage that may occur as a consequence of wearing or not wearing a cycling helmet.
  5. The instructor may terminate the training where a trainee's actions compromise anyone's safety or are otherwise unacceptable.

If registering a young person under the age of 16, you confirm that:

  1. You are the child's parent or legal guardian and consent that your child receives training under the terms and conditions as set out above.
  2. You have provided a phone number on which you can be contacted by the instructor in case of queries or emergency.
  3. A responsible adult will take your child to and collect your child from the training at the agreed times.
  4. Helmets are not compulsory and it is for the parent/guardian to choose whether their child will wear one during training. We recommend that each child wears their own, well-fitting cycle helmet.

Additional conditions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus:

  1. All cycle training activity takes place outdoors and a minimum distance of two metres should be observed. 
  2. Do not attend training if you have Covid-19 symptoms or must self-isolate.   
  3. Notify the course administrator as soon as possible on 020 7974 1451 or cycletraining@camden.gov.uk if you cannot attend. 

If registering for bicycle maintenance training, you accept that: 

  1. Training will take place in a workshop environment.  You will handle bicycle tools and parts safely in accordance with guidance provided by the instructor.
  2. The instructor will assist in carrying out servicing and repairs to your bicycle. However, London Borough of Camden cannot guarantee that bicycles are restored to roadworthy condition.

How we use your data

  1. The information you provide is protected and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.
  2. All personal information is protected and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. Your data will be used to administer the training and will not be shared with anyone else. Occasionally LB Camden will send emails asking for public feedback on measures which affect cycling, such as new cycleways, cycle parking or traffic calming. If you do not wish to receive to receive such communications you can opt out at any time.

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