Cycle for Health

Cycle for Health is a course which helps you get healthier and happier. You’ll get more active, build some fitness, and feel good about yourself, through 8 weeks of cycling.

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What is Cycle for Health?


It’s an 8 week course designed for adults who want to improve their mental or physical health. On the course, you develop skills and build confidence through cycle training and led bike rides. You also get to meet new people and explore your local area.

It’s totally free and you don’t need to have your own bike.

Cycle for Health was developed by Cycling UK in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to help people in our region who may experience more barriers than most people to getting healthy and active through cycling.

Where the course takes place 

Cycling for Health is currently available at:   


  • Horton and Peel Park, Bradford 


  • Springs Hall Sports Facility, Halifax, HX3 


  • Leeds Road Sports Complex, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD2   
  • Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton, WF15 


  • Cross Flatts Park, Beeston, Leeds LS11   


  • Thornes Park Stadium, Horbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 

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Who takes part in Cycle for Health?


    Cycle for Health is aimed at helping adults who are inactive or only doing very minimal exercise. 


You might have one or more of these conditions (or a condition not listed here that affects you): 

  • Low mood 
  • Low confidence 
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness or isolation 
  • A physical injury 
  • A chronic illness such as arthritis 
  • Overweight

To take part: 

  • You need to be able to ride a standard two-wheel cycle a short distance on the flat. Experienced instructors can help you if you haven’t ridden a bike for many years.  
  • You need to be able to attend a minimum of 75% of the course (6 of 8 sessions). 
  • You can also take part if you’re supporting a relative, colleague or friend through a long or short-term health condition or suffering from addiction. 

What happens on a Cycle for Health course?

Cycle for Health courses take place in small groups, with qualified instructors and ride leaders in a two-hour session each week.

The course takes you through a gradual increase in activity. You’ll be encouraged to set achievable targets for yourself.  

Each course is tailored to the people taking part, so you’ll never be asked to do more than you feel comfortable with. 

Bikes and helmets are provided, and locations are in parks, leisure centres, green spaces and traffic-free cycle routes.  

At the end of the course, you'll be told about other opportunities in your area to cycle, such as clubs or organised rides, so you can carry on your new hobby and keep being active and making friends through cycling.

The instructors were very supportive and after a few sessions I was confident enough to ride on the cycle greenway. Riding has given me a real sense of achievement and increased my belief in my own abilities. I have also made new friends.

Tony Cycle for Health participant, Leeds

Other cycle training available

As well as our Cycle for Health scheme, we also offer free adult cycle training across West Yorkshire. This is open to anyone over 18. We can offer everything from traffic free, first time riders sessions, to 1:1 training for a regular journey on roads.