About cycle skills and bike maintenance

Camden Cycle Skills teaches essential cycling skills for all ages and abilities, from group off-road courses, to individual training on busy roads, as well as a classes on looking after your bike. 

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Camden can register on the following for free:

Register for a course

All training follows the government Bikeability syllabus and all instructors are National Standards qualified, have received First Aid training, and hold current DBS Certificates as required for working with young or vulnerable people.

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Cycle skills for adults

We offer free training to suit your learning  goals: 

  • Learn to Cycle Never got round to learning to cycle? Want more practice with starting, stopping and balancing on a bike? We teach the first principles.
  • Building Cycle Confidence Keen to boost your cycling skills before sharing the road with London's traffic? We teach important bike control skills to prepare you for cycling safely on the road.
  • Urban Cycle Skills Individual cycle training delivered on the road. Sessions are tailored to suit each individual--whether experienced cyclist or cycling in traffic for the first time.

You can book one session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

If you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.  You must give us at least 48 hrs notice. 

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Learn to Cycle

Group courses held at Haverstock School for novice cyclists who want to learn to ride unassisted.  

Training usually takes place on a Saturday and Sunday, in two 90 minute sessions  each day.

Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time  
Saturday 27 July (no Sunday session) 10.30am - 12noon fully booked
Saturday 3 August (no Sunday session) 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 August 2019 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 September 2019 10.30am - 12noon places available
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 September 2019 10.30am - 12noon places available

If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any cancelled training places will be offered to those registered on later courses.

Register for a course

 

Building Cycle Confidence

Group courses held at Haverstock School to prepare you for riding on the road. To take this course, you must be able to ride unaided.

Training usually takes place in 90 minute sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Our next weekday course for those who cannot attend at the weekend is on Friday, 12 April 2019.  

Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time  
Saturday 27 July (no Sunday session) 12.45pm - 2.15pm fully booked
Saturday 3 August (no Sunday session) 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 August 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 September 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 September 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available

If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any cancelled training places will be offered to those registered on later courses.

Register for a course

 

Urban Cycle Skills

These sessions are for cyclists interested in advanced road traffic skills, beginning with cycling on quiet roads and progressing to complex junctions, multi-lane traffic and busy roundabouts.  This training is delivered one-to-one, or in small groups, and will be tailored to each trainee's individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to work or college. Each training session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. You can see a Camden Urban Cycle Skills session in progress on YouTube.

To participate at this level you must have good bike control skills, such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. 

You should bring your own bike to the training, although the use of a borrowed or hired bike is possible. You might also consider signing up to ‘Try-A-Bike’, Camden's free four-week bike loan scheme. 

You can request a preferred training date, time and location when registering.  Your instructor will get in touch with you individually to arrange your cycle skills session. 

Register for a course

Cycle skills for children

We offer several different courses, depending on your child’s needs and experience.

Each child should bring a well-fitting bike (no stabilisers) and a helmet. Please let us know on your registration form if your child has no bike or helmet; we have small number which may be borrowed subject to availability.

You can only book one session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give us at least 48 hrs notice of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Learn to Cycle

Learn how to start, stop and take charge of your bike. Aimed at children who cannot cycle for more than a few minutes without assistance.

Training takes place in 2 lots of 45 minute sessions over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time  
Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 July 2019 10.00am - 10.45am fully booked
Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 July 2019 11.15am - 12.00noon fully booked
Wednesday 31 July - Thursday 1 August 2019 10.00am - 10.45am fully booked
Wednesday 31 July - Thursday 1 August 2019 11.15am - 12.00noon fully booked
Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 October 2019 10.00am - 10.45am places available
Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 October 2019 11.15am - 12.00noon places available

Register for a course

More children's holiday courses can be booked at the Cyclinginstructor webpage.  

 

Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice the essential skills, such as signalling and stopping safely in an emergency. Aimed at children who are able to ride unassisted.

Training takes place in 2 lots of 90 minute sessions over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time  
Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 July 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm fully booked
Wednesday 31 July - Thursday 1 August 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 October 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available

Register for a course

More children's holiday courses can be booked at the Cyclinginstructor webpage.  

Children and Families Urban Cycle Skills

This course is aimed at children and parents or guardians, teaching children to cycle safely on roads, and teaching you to lead your child safely through traffic. We require your permission for older children to take part without an accompanying adult.

To take this course, your child needs good bike control skills such as signalling, stopping in an emergency and looking behind while cycling in a straight line. All participants must have their own, roadworthy bikes.

The training will begin away from traffic, moving onto quiet roads and busier situations as appropriate. This could include your route to school. Sessions are between 90 minutes and 2 hours. 

Register for a course

This training is also offered under the name of ‘Bikeablity’ to many children at Camden schools, usually in years 5 or 6. Contact your school directly to find out whether it will be available to your child.

Bikeability at Schools

All primary schools in Camden are offered Bikeability training for students. 

Children in year 5 or 6 can learn road safety skills on quiet roads. Younger pupils are taught bike control skills within the school grounds. Pupils in early year groups can take part in scooter training and pedestrian skills sessions.

Schools in Camden looking for further information on Bikeability should email Richard Riddle, Road Safety Officer.

Community cycling clubs

The Camden Community Cycling Project, run by Pedal to the People, provides free group cycling sessions for all ages and abilities. From balance bikes to on-road urban cycle skills.  

Community Cycling Project

Every Monday (exc. Bank Holidays) 
4.30pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm
Cumberland Market Park / Basketball Court, NW1 4DE 

Every Thursday 
4.30pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm
St Pancras Community Association (entrance on Camden Street), NW1 0LL
 

Bike maintenance courses

Our Essential Bike Maintenance course teaches skills for carrying out routine maintenance and simple repairs:

  • bike overview: names of parts, roadworthiness
  • tools: what's needed?
  • preventative maintenance: cleaning and lubrication
  • cycling in Comfort: adjustments for comfort and efficiency
  • tyres and Punctures: repair, tyre and wheel removal
  • brakes: different types, adjustments, replacing pads and cables
  • gears: indexing and replacing a gear cable

The course does not cover hydraulic disc brakes, hub brakes, hub gears or suspension systems.

Training takes place in an outdoor area at Haverstock School.

This course is not suitable for children. Please bring your own bicycle to work on.

Date Time  
Sunday 28 July 2019 10.00am - 4.00pm fully booked
Sunday 22 September 2019 10.00am - 4.00pm fully booked
Waiting list   places available

 

Register for a course

You can only book one session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give us at least 48 hrs notice of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Cycle skills terms and conditions

By accepting to receive training from London Borough of Camden, you agree that:

  1. You must advise the instructor of any medical conditions that may affect the training.
  2. London Borough of Camden will not be responsible for any injury or damage to property unless caused by the instructor's negligence. Personal belongings are brought to the training at own risk.
  3. If you bring your own bike, it must be roadworthy and safe. The instructor will check the bike at the start of the session.
  4. In accordance with the law, you can decide whether or not to wear a helmet. If you wear a helmet during training, it must be well-fitting and meet current safety standards. London Borough of Camden will not be liable for any injury or damage that may occur as a consequence of wearing or not wearing a cycling helmet.
  5. The instructor may terminate the training where a trainee's actions compromise anyone's safety or are otherwise unacceptable.

If registering a young person under the age of 16, you confirm that:

  1. You are the child's parent or legal guardian and consent that your child receives training under the terms and conditions as set out above.
  2. You have provided a phone number on which you can be contacted by the instructor in case of queries or emergency.
  3. A responsible adult will take your child to and collect your child from the training at the agreed times.
  4. Helmets are not compulsory and it is for the parent/guardian to choose whether their child will wear one during training. We recommend that each child wears their own, well-fitting cycle helmet.

If registering for bicycle maintenance training, you accept that: 

  1. Training will take place in a workshop environment.  You will handle bicycle tools and parts safely in accordance with guidance provided by the instructor.
  2. The instructor will assist in carrying out servicing and repairs to your bicycle. However, London Borough of Camden cannot guarantee that bicycles are restored to roadworthy condition.

How we use your data

  1. The information you provide is protected and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.
  2. We use your data only in connection with the training being offered. Transport for London or their agent may contact you after the training to evaluate this service.  Your data will not be shared with anyone else.