West Yorkshire to gain 36 new qualified cycling instructors

We recently put a call out for people interested in becoming a qualified cycling instructor. The response was incredible and the three courses available were quickly filled.

The first of our courses started this week as 12 experienced West Yorkshire cyclists learn to become qualified National Cycling Instructors.

Organised by CityConnect, the four-day course at Stanningley Fire Station will provide participants with the skills needed to teach children and adults how to ride or build on their current cycling skills, how to safely and confidently cycle on the roads and to discover new cycle routes within their area.

More West Yorkshire cycling instructors means that we can also train more ‘rapid response’ paramedics and police who are on duty in busy city centres, where being on a bike means they can quickly get to an emergency with the equipment needed to make a difference.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair, Cllr Keith Wakefield said:

“Over the next 12 months, we aim to train 240 adults and over 1,000 children to ride a bike through CityConnect initiatives, so delivering courses to train the trainers is vital. Many either can’t ride a bike or haven’t ridden in years and need access to training to improve their skills and confidence, meaning there is a constant need for more cycling instructors.”

The course is run on CityConnect’s behalf by BikeRight!, the biggest training provider of cycling instructors in the UK

Andy Tucker, Marketing Manager at BikeRight! said:

"Having highly-trained, enthusiastic advocates is key in developing a local culture of cycling that supports communities and encourages the use of valuable infrastructure such as the Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway."

Cycling UK will deliver a further two courses in a few weeks time which will give West Yorkshire a brilliant resource to help get more people on bikes this Summer.

Bradford Council Leader and combined Authority Investment chair, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:

“A lot of focus is put on the infrastructure of the Cycle Superhighway itself, but the programme of work around it to develop the cycling culture is a key element. This training is a great way of giving people a try of cycling and it helps to make sure people are using the infrastructure as safely as possible. To achieve this we need new instructors so I wish everyone taking part in next week’s course every success.”

If you’d like to improve your cycling skills, learn how to confidently ride on the road or find a new way to improve your health and become more active then why not join a free adult cycle training course this Spring? Maybe you'll be taught by one of the new cycling instructors we've trained this week!