Learn to ride, beginners and improvers

Our free, socially distanced sessions with a qualified instructor are ideal to help you learn to ride for the first time or get you back on your bike after a break from cycling.

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’re 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.

What 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.

Beginner – for the new or returning rider

These sessions are delivered in a traffic-free environment for people who can already ride but want to build up their confidence. They'll help you pick up the skills and knowledge you need to go down to the local park or to take a trip out into the countryside.

Improver - for people who want to make short road journeys safely

Gain the skills and confidence to ride alongside other road users. Learn to keep the best position on the road, communicate with other road users, anticipate other’s behaviour and stay safe. Sessions start on quiet streets and progress onto busier roads as skills and confidence develop.

Bikes will be available to borrow at all group training sessions.

Bike maintenance training

We offer two levels of bike maintenance training – basic and improver

Bike Maintenance – Basic - Brush up on the basics, such as fixing punctures and checking your bike is safe to ride in this two-hour session.

Bike Maintenance – Improver - Step it up a gear and tackle those trickier jobs such as brakes, gears, cables and chain. Make minor repairs and adjustments yourself to save time and money in this full-day course.  

Booking your session

Free adult cycle training is being delivered in partnership with Cycle North, supported by Colne Valley Cycle Therapy, Calderdale Council, Bradford Capital of Cycling, Hop On, MMCIC and BeCycling.

The project is supported by our partners Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council and Wakefield Council.  

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.

For further information on free adult cycle training, please contact Cycle North at 07306 322391 or info@cyclenorth.co.uk

COVID-19

As well as adhering to the latest Government regulations, our district partners and training providers will be complying with COVID-19 guidance from The Bikeability Trust and British Cycling

This includes:

  • 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 that any minor work needs 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.