About cycle skills and bike maintenance

Camden Cycle Skills sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, observing measures to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  Course dates are subject to confirmation according to future Coronavirus guidance.  We regret we cannot currently offer courses for children who are still learning to balance.  

Camden Cycle Skills teaches essential bike riding skills for all ages and abilities, from beginner and intermediate group courses and open community cycling, to individual training on busy roads. 

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

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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Coronavirus Guidance

Camden Cycle Skills is following UK Government and Transport for London guidance

To ensure everyone's safety and minimise risk we isist on hand hygien, limits on participant numbers and social distancing.  All training takes place outdoors.    

We can offer training bikes to those who cannot bring a bike of their own.  Bicycle contact areas (handlebars, seats) are disinfected before bikes are loaned to a new user. We do not offer helmets to share, trainees who wish to wear one must bring their own.  

You must not take part in cycle training if you or a member of your household are self-isolating, have or had symptoms of Covid-19, or contact with someone with symptoms.   

For further information contact cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Follow the CycleCamden Facebook page for regular news and updates.

Adult Cycle Skills

Camden Cycle Skills sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, observing measures to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  Course dates are subject to confirmation according to future Coronavirus guidance.  We regret we cannot currently offer courses for children who are still learning to balance, nor Essential Bike Maintenance courses.  

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  Go on quiet roads to get an introduction to moving safely in traffic with correct road positioning, observation and communication.
  • Advanced Cycle Skills Individual cycle training delivered on the road. Sessions are tailored to suit each individual--further improving hazard awareness and safe road habits of experienced cyclists.

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

Learn to Cycle

Group courses for novice cyclists who want to learn to ride unassisted, held at Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  

Training usually takes place on a Saturday and Sunday, in two 45 minute sessions  each day.

This socially distanced course is limited to five participants.  Face coverings must be worn due to potential training situations where instructor and trainee could be less than two metres apart.  

Training bikes are available to borrow but helmets will not be shared.

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 15-16 May 2021 12.45pm - 1.30pm waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 15-16 May 2021 1.45pm - 2.30pm waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 June 2021 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 June 2021 1.45pm - 2.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 June 2021 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 June 2021 1.45pm - 2.30pm places available

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

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Building Cycle Confidence

Group courses to prepare you for riding on the road. To take this course, you must be able to ride unaided.  Training takes place on a quiet section of public road on Charrington Street, NW1 1RS, except on 20 December 2020 when the course will be held at Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  

Courses consist of two 90 minute sessions unless otherwise stated. 

This is a socially distanced course where trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.  

Training bikes are available to borrow but do bring your own roadworthy bike if you have one.  Helmets will not be shared.

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 1-2 May 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 22-23 May 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 29-30 May 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 12-13 June 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 June 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon places available

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

Urban Cycle Skills

At this training level you will learn safe cycling habits including correct road positioning, observation and communication to gain confidence on quiet roads. 

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

Training takes place on quiet roads near Charrington Street, NW1 1RS.  Courses consist of two 90 minute sessions unless otherwise stated. 

This is a socially distanced course where trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.  

Training bikes are available to borrow but do bring your own roadworthy bike if you have one.  Helmets will not be shared.

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 1-2 May 2021 12.45pm - 14.15pm waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 22-23 May 2021 12.45pm - 14.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 29-30 May 2021 12.45pm - 14.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 12-13 June 2021 12.45pm - 14.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 June 2021 12.45pm - 14.15pm 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.

 

These sessions are for cyclists interested in advancing their road traffic skills.  This training is delivered one-to-one, or in very small groups, by a personal cycling instructor who will tailor the course to individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to work or college. 

Training will begin on quiet roads and progress to the types of routes you intend to cycle on. This can include complex junctions, multi-lane traffic and busy roundabouts.  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. Each training session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. 

You should bring your own bike to the training, although the use of a borrowed or hired bike is possible.

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

This is a socially distanced course where trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.  

Register for a course

 

Children's Cycle Skills

Camden Cycle Skills sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, observing measures to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  Course dates are subject to confirmation according to future Coronavirus guidance.  We regret we cannot currently offer courses for children who are still learning to balance, nor Essential Bike Maintenance courses.  

Our courses to give children the skills for cycling safely.

Each child should have a well-fitting bike and a helmet (optional). We also have a limited number of training bikes which may be borrowed subject to availability. Let us know on your registration form if your child does not have their own bike. 

Learn to Cycle

We regret that we cannot offer any courses for children learning to start, stop and balance under current Coronavirus guidelines.  

Date Time  
none available while Covid-19 restrictions apply   no registrations accepted

 

Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice essential skills such as signalling and stopping quickly. Aimed at children who are able to ride unassisted and want to develop skills for safely cycling to school.

Training takes place at weekends at Haverstock School, near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  Courses consist of two sessions. 

This is a socially distanced course where all trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.  

Some training bikes are available to borrow on request but do bring your child's own roadworthy bike if you have one.  Helmets will not be shared.

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 15-16 May 2021 11.00am (10.30am Sunday) - 12.00noon waiting list
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 June 2021 11.00am (10.30am Sunday) - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 June 2021 11.00am (10.30am Sunday) - 12.00noon places available
If you do not state your preferred training date when registering, you will be offered the first available course. Any places becoming available at short notice will be offered to those registered on later courses.

 

Children and Families Urban Cycle Skills

This course is aimed at children and parents or guardians, teaching children to cycle safely on quiet roads, and teaching you to lead your child safely through traffic.  This training is delivered in family groups by a personal cycling instructor who will tailor the course to individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to school. 

To take this course, your child needs good bike control skills such as signalling, stopping quickly and looking behind while cycling in a straight line. We recommend practicing these skills by registering for one of our Children's Building Cycle Confidence group courses. 

Training will begin away from traffic, moving onto quiet roads and busier situations as appropriate. Sessions last between 90 and 120 minutes. All participants must have their own, roadworthy bikes.

This is socially distanced training where trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.

You can request a preferred training date during registration. Our instructor will get in touch with you to arrange your cycle skills session individually. 

Bikeability at Schools

Camden Cycle Skills training is also offered to many children at Camden schools under the name of ‘Bikeablity’. 

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.

Contact your school directly to find out whether this will be available to your child. Schools in Camden looking for further information on Bikeability should email Richard Riddle, Road Safety Officer.

Community Cycling Clubs

Camden Community Cycling Project sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training is takes place outdoors, observing measures to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  Riders will be grouped by households.  

The Camden Community Cycling Project, run by Pedal to the People, provides free group cycling sessions for children, families and individuals.  Family groups can practice cycling together as a family.  

The project meets Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm on the sports ground at Richard Cobden School / St Pancras Community Association (entrance on Camden Street), NW1 0LL.

Sessions are held in accordance with guidelines to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.  Trainees and instructors must be at least two metres apart at all times.  Attendees must be able to cycle unaided and children must be in school year 1 or above.  It is possible to register on the day, however the number of participants is strictly limited.  Priority will be given to family and 'bubble' groups.

A free Dr Bike service is available to carry out bike checks and minor repairs for participants and members of the public while the sessions are in progress.    

Visit the Camden Community Cycling Project web page to register and for further information. 

Camden Community Cycling

Bike maintenance courses - Suspended

We regret that Bike Maintenance courses will not be held until further notice.  Please check this web page again for future updates. 

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.

If available, bring your own bicycle and tools to work with.

Training takes place in an outdoor area at Haverstock School.

This course is not suitable for children. 

Date Availability
No scheduled courses n/a

No sessions currently available

You can only book one session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the 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 at least 72 hrs notice in the event of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as you can as we want to offer the 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.

Additional conditions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, applicable from 19 August 2020:

You must not attend the training if:

  1. you, or a member of your household, tested positive for Covid-19 in the 14 days before the training date
  2. you, or a member of your household, had any symptoms of Covid-19 in the 14 days before the training date
  3. you, or a member of your household, have had contact in the 14 days before the training date with someone who has tested positive of Covid-19
  4. you, or a member of your household, must stay in self isolation
  5. Symptoms include high fever, runny nose or sneezing (not hay fever related), a new dry cough, any new shortness of breath, a sore throat, extreme tiredness, sore/aching muscles and joints, a recent loss of taste or loss of sense of smell.
  6. Notify the course administrator as soon as possible on 020 7974 1451 or cycletraining@camden.gov.uk if you cannot attend. 
  7. Face masks must be worn inside buildings (toilets, waiting area etc).  All cycle training activity takes place outdoors where a minimum distance of two metres must be observed at all times, however under current guidelines face masks are not compulsory. 

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.