About cycle skills and bike maintenance

Camden Cycle Skills teaches essential cycling skills for all ages and abilities, from beginner and intermediate group courses and open community cycling, to individual training on busy roads.  We also offer classes on looking after your bike. 

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

Register for a course

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.

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

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Cycle skills for adults

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 London's traffic? We teach important bike control skills to prepare you for cycling safely on the road.
  • Urban Cycle Skills (group sessions on quiet roads) Get an introduction to best practice for staying safe with correct road positioning, observation and communication.
  • Urban Cycle Skills Individual cycle training delivered on the road. Sessions are tailored to suit each individual--whether experienced cyclist or cycling in traffic for the first time.

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

Learn to Cycle

Group courses held at Haverstock School for novice cyclists who want to learn to ride unassisted.  

Training usually takes place on a Saturday and Sunday, in two 90 minute sessions  each day.

Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time  
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November 2019 10.30am - 12noon fully booked
Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December 2019 10.30am - 12noon fully booked
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 December 2019 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 January 2020 10.30am - 12noon places available
Sunday 19 January 2020 (no Saturday session) 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 1 February 2020 (no Sunday session) 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 February 2020 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 February 2020 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 March 2020 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March 2020 10.30am - 12noon places available

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

Register for a course

Building Cycle Confidence

Group courses held at Haverstock School to prepare you for riding on the road. To take this course, you must be able to ride unaided.

Training usually takes place in 90 minute sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time  
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm fully booked
Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 December 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 January 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Sunday 19 January 2020 (no Saturday session) 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 1 February 2020 (no Sunday session) 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 February 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 February 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 March 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available

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

Urban Cycle Skills (group sessions on quiet roads)

At this training level you will practice safe cycling habits including correct road positioning, observation and communication. You'll be riding with others to gain confidence on the road. 

To participate at this level you must have bike control skills such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. 

Sessions are held Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm, meeting point is Purchese Street, NW1 1EY (near St Pancras International Station, opposite Brill Place).  Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow for the duration of the session. 

Date Time  
Saturday 7 December 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm places available
Saturday 7 December 2019 1.00pm - 3.00pm places available
Saturday 21st December 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm places available
Saturday 21st December 2019 1.00pm - 3.00pm places available

Urban Cycle Skills Group Sessions

This link will take you to the registration page of our training provider CycleInstructor.com.  

Urban Cycle Skills

These sessions are for cyclists interested in advancing their road traffic skills.  This training is delivered one-to-one, or in small groups, and will be tailored to each trainee's individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to work or college. 

Training begins on quiet roads and will progress to the level you need to stay safe on the routes you'd normally cycle on. This can include complex junctions, multi-lane traffic and busy roundabouts.  You can see a Camden Urban Cycle Skills session in progress on YouTube.

To participate at this level you must have good bike control skills, such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. Each training session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. 

You should bring your own bike to the training, although the use of a borrowed or hired bike is possible. You might also consider signing up to ‘Try-A-Bike’, Camden's free four-week bike loan scheme. 

You can request a preferred training date, time and location when registering.  Your instructor will get in touch with you individually to arrange your cycle skills session. 

 

Cycle skills for children

We offer different courses, depending on your child’s needs and experience.

Each child should bring a well-fitting bike and a helmet (optional). We also have a small number of training bikes which may be borrowed subject to availability--please let us know on your registration form if you are without bike. Stabiliser wheels are not used in this training.  

Learn to Cycle

Learn how to start, stop and take charge of your bike. Aimed at children who cannot cycle for more than a few minutes without assistance.

Training takes place in 2 sessions of 45 minute over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time  
Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 February 2020 10.00am - 10.45am fully booked
Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 February 2020 11.15am - 12.00noon places available
Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 February 2020 10.00am - 10.45am places available
Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 February 2020 11.15am - 12.00noon places available
Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 April 2020 10.00am - 10.45am places available
Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 April 2020 11.15am - 12.00noon places available
Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 April 2020 10.00am - 10.45am places available
Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 April 2020 11.15am - 12.00noon places available

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

More children's holiday courses can be booked at the Cyclinginstructor webpage.  During term time, the Community Cycling Project offers afternoon cycle clubs for all ages.  

Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice the essential skills, such as signalling and stopping safely in an emergency. Aimed at children who are able to ride unassisted.

Training takes place in 2 sessions of 90 minutes over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time  
Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 February 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 April 2020 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available

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

More children's holiday courses can be booked at the Cyclinginstructor webpage.  During term time, the Community Cycling Project offers afternoon cycle clubs for all ages.  

Children and Families Urban Cycle Skills

This course is aimed at children and parents or guardians, teaching children to cycle safely on roads, and teaching you to lead your child safely through traffic. We require your permission for older children to take part without an accompanying adult.

To take this course, your child needs good bike control skills such as signalling, stopping in an emergency and looking behind while cycling in a straight line. All participants must have their own, roadworthy bikes.

The training will begin away from traffic, moving onto quiet roads and busier situations as appropriate. This could include your route to school. Sessions last between 90 minutes and 2 hours. 

 

Bikeability at Schools

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

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 in Camden looking for further information on Bikeability should email Richard Riddle, Road Safety Officer.

Community cycling clubs

The Camden Community Cycling Project, run by Pedal to the People, provides free group cycling sessions for all ages and abilities. From balance bikes to on-road urban cycle skills.  

Community Cycling Project

This link will take you to the registration page of our training provider CycleInstructor.com. 

Every Monday (exc. Bank Holidays) 
4.30pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm
Cumberland Market Park / Basketball Court, NW1 4DE 

Every Thursday 
4.30pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm
St Pancras Community Association (entrance on Camden Street), NW1 0LL
 

Bike maintenance courses

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 Time  
Waiting list for 2020, dates to be confirmed   places available

Register for a course

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.

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. We use your data only in connection with the training being offered. Transport for London or their agent may contact you after the training to evaluate this service.  Your data will not be shared with anyone else.