Cycle Skills in Camden
Whether you're a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, we provide free, tailored courses to suit your individual abilities and goals.
Learn to cycle
Learn to cycle for free with our team of friendly, fully qualified instructors. You’ll practice in a small group in the safe, traffic free grounds of the Haverstock Cycling Hub. In a session you’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to cycle independently.
Building cycle confidence
Improve your cycling skills and confidence in a free group session for those who can already start, stop and balance on a bike. Your team of qualified instructors will help you cycle more confidently in the safe, off-road environment of Haverstock Cycling Hub. You’ll refresh your technique and practice the skills needed for cycling safely on quiet roads.
Advanced urban cycling
Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively. Sessions are tailored to your needs and fully funded by TfL.
Family cycling essentials
Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on or prepare for Bikeability skills taught in schools.
Cycling is a fun way for youngsters to keep fit while getting around their local
area. Cycle training will teach them the skills they need to ride more safely. The
Bikeability scheme rewards youngsters for taking part in cycle training. They can
work their way through the following three levels as they move from primary to secondary
- Level 1: Learn to control your bike in a safe, off-road environment
- Level 2: Cycle safely on the road with other traffic on quieter roads
- Level 3: Cycle on busier roads and manage complex junctions in London
If your child's school doesn't already offer cycle training, the school can contact Camden Cycle Skills team to book a course.
Course dates for training in groups
We regularly offer two-day ‘learn to cycle’ and ‘building cycle confidence’ courses
at our Cycling Hub at Haverstock
Courses for adults are held on many weekends. Courses for children are held during most school holidays.
The next available dates for adult training are:
- Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 September 2016
- Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 October 2016
- Sunday 23 October 2016
- Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 November 2016
- Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 November 2016
- Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 December 2016
- Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 December 2016
The next available dates for children’s training are:
- Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 October 2016
We also provide training for children with special needs or disabilities. Please call 020 7974 1451 to discuss your requirements.
What our trainees have said:
"The Camden Cycling Skills training was really helpful and took me from the point where I couldn't even stay upright on a bike to actually feeling confident on the road. The instructors emphasised the importance of safety on the bike and were very supportive. I'm really grateful to Camden Council for the lessons which made all the difference to me and I would encourage anyone else, even if they have never cycled before, to take up the lessons and give it a go."
Training sessions for individual trainees
We offer individual and small group sessions with a fully qualified instructor for ‘advanced urban cycling’ and ‘family cycling essentials’. Dates and locations can be arranged with your instructor to suit your needs.
What our trainees have said:
"Training did increase my confidence in heavy traffic"
"It was a great experience that changed my perspective – teaching me that as a cyclist I do belong on the road and I can be confident about being there."
Watch an on-road training session here:
Essential Maintenance Courses
This course gives you the basic skills for keeping your bicycle running smoothly and safely.
You will learn how to check if a bike is roadworthy, get to know the tools, how
to prevent costly repairs, adjust your bike to cycle in comfort, fix punctures, mend
brakes and keep the gears working smoothly.
Courses are held on Sundays from 10am to 3.30pm at our Cycling Hub at Haverstock School
- Sunday 18 September 2016
The course covers standard maintenance and parts, not hydraulic disc brakes, hub brakes, hub gears or suspension systems.
To register, please complete the Camden Cycle Skills training online registration form and enter ‘bike maintenance’ and your preferred course date in the final field (where asked for your preferred ‘location’).
For details of all our courses, as well as other news and information for cyclists in Camden, visit the Cycle Camden Facebook page