*** Please note: Our free socially distant sessions one-to-one sessions with a qualified cycling instructor on a route of your choice 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.
Would you like to commute by bike but lack the confidence and / or skills to tackle your cycle route to work or college? We’re offering free socially distant one-to-one sessions with a qualified cycling instructor on a route of your choice in West Yorkshire.
From journey planning to cycling in traffic, and tackling busy junctions and roundabouts, our free one-to-one sessions will give you the skills and confidence you need to travel by bike regularly to a destination, such as your workplace.
To take part you must:
- be aged 16+;
- already have access to a roadworthy bike;
- be confident cycling on traffic-free routes and, ideally, quiet residential streets.
What we offer
- Journey planning – how to make use of segregated cycle lanes and traffic-free routes, as well as quieter streets.
- Expert advice from a qualified instructor on how to cycle on the road safely, including positioning and visibility.
- How to check your bike is safe to ride and what to do if it’s not.
If you have a friend or work colleague who makes a similar journey by bike, we can offer this training to two people at the same time.
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 contact our partners in the district where you live.
- Bradford – email Aubrey.Cooper@bradford.gov.uk.
- Calderdale – email email@example.com.
- Kirklees – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leeds – email email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
Don’t have access to a roadworthy bike?
If you have access to a bike but it needs a service or some minor repairs to make it roadworthy, the Government has launched a £50 Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme
There are a number of organisations across West Yorkshire that may be able to help with servicing and repairs:
- MCF Bikery, Shipley
- Happy Days, Sowerby Bridge
- Bike Hub at Platform 1 and Streetbikes, Huddersfield
- The Bikes College, Leeds
Many of these organisations also sell recycled bikes.
It’s also worth looking at Sustrans’ interactive map, which helps people find bike offers and services in their area.
Are you a keyworker? Find out how you can access a bike.