Learn to ride and beginners
*** Please note: Our free socially distant sessions with a qualified cycling instructor are currently on hold while the new national restrictions for England are in place. ***
*** Important information***
Following the government’s announcement on 31 October 2020, our free adult cycle training will be on hold while new national restrictions for England are in place.
Thank you to our partners across West Yorkshire who have supported more than 300 people to start cycling since August. We plan to start sessions again once the restrictions have been lifted.
In the meantime, we’ve pulled together some handy tips and resources for people who want to make more journeys by bike.
Whether you’re looking to learn to ride for the first time or if you want to get back on a bike having not cycled in years, or even decades, we are here to help.
We are offering free learn to ride and beginner sessions across West Yorkshire with friendly, qualified instructors, who have already helped hundreds of people to start or return to cycling.
Which session do you need?
Learn to ride – for the complete beginner
Our experienced instructors will guide you step by step, from getting on and off, to bike handling and balance.
Beginners – for the new or returning rider
These sessions are delivered in a traffic-free environment and are for people who can already ride but lack confidence. Pick up the skills and knowledge you need to go down to the local park or to take a trip out into the countryside.
Bikes are available to borrow
In Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield bikes are available for participants to borrow. In Kirklees, please check with Kate at Legacy Ride.
Booking your session
This scheme is being delivered in partnership with Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council and Wakefield Council. To book a session please use the information below to book a session with our partners in the district where you live or work.
Places are limited and we recommend people book onto sessions as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If for any reason you cannot make a session you are booked on to, please let the relevant training provider know so another person can benefit.
- Bradford – visit Capital of Cycling’s booking page for sessions in the city centre or email Aubrey.Cooper@bradford.gov.uk for sessions at Lister Park.
- Calderdale - email email@example.com.
- Kirklees - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leeds – visit BeCycling’s eventbrite page.
- Wakefield - visit Cycle North’s bookings page.
As well as adhering to the latest Government regulations, including those relating to localised restrictions in areas of West Yorkshire, our district partners and training providers will be complying with COVID-19 guidance from The Bikeability Trust and British Cycling.
- maintaining a minimum distance of two metres;
- using hand sanitiser;
- not loaning cycle helmets (please bring your own if you have one);
- bleaching of all loan bikes;
- smaller group sizes.
In the unlikely event any minor work has to be carried out on a participant’s bike, instructors will:
- wear gloves or sanitise their hands before and after touching another bike;
- wear a mask;
- use a mild bleach solution on the bike at the end.