Our cycle skills and bike maintenance courses

Camden Cycle Skills sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, socially distanced, with limited participant numbers to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  

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:

Participants who have completed a course and require more training can ask their instructors for advice on registering for further sessions.  

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 training is held in accordance with guidance of our host venues, Transport for London and the UK Government. 

To ensure everyone's safety and minimise risk we insist on social distancing and limit participant numbers. All training takes place outdoors.  

We do not offer helmets to share. Trainees who wish to wear one must bring their own.  We offer training bicycles to those who state at registration that they do not have an own bike. 

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, socially distanced, with limited participant numbers to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  We are not offering helmets to share, please bring your own helmet if you want to wear one.  

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 other traffic? We teach important bike control skills to prepare you for cycling safely on the road.
  • Urban Cycle Skills  Go on quiet roads to and move 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, improving hazard awareness and safe road habits of experienced cyclists.

We recommend you watch Transport for London's online Cycle Skills course before attending our sessions.  

Learn to Cycle

Group courses for beginners who have never been riding a bike or still want to improve their starting, stopping and balancing. 

Courses usually consist of two 45 minute sessions on consecutive days.  Training is held in the traffic-free grounds of Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  View map.  

Training bikes are available to borrow.

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 11-12 December 2021 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 December 2021 11.30am - 12.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 8-9 January 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 February 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 February 2022 11.30am - 12.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 February 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 February 2022 1.45pm - 2.30pm places available
Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 February 2022 1.45pm - 2.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 March 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 March 2022 11.30am - 12.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 March 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 March 2022 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. This course is for cyclists who can ride unaided.  Participants practice bike control skills such as cycling one-handed, changing gears efficiently, and stopping quickly in an emergency. 

Courses usually consist of two 90 minute sessions on consecutive days.  Training takes place in a shared, traffic-free street close to the meeting place near St Pancras International Station View map or in the traffic-free grounds of Haverstock School near Chalk Farm Underground Station View map.  

Training bikes can be borrowed, but bring your own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can.  

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 11-12 December 2021 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 December 2021 1.00pm - 2.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 29-30 January 2022 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 29-30 January 2022 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 February 2022 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 February 2022 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 March 2022 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 26-27 March 2022 12.45pm - 2.15pm places available


 

 

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 the 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.

Participants must have good bike control skills, such as cycling one-handed and stopping quickly in an emergency. Each training session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. 

Trainees should have their own bike, 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. 

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Children's Cycle Skills

Camden Cycle Skills sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, socially distanced, with limited participant numbers to protect against Covid-19 transmission. We are not offering helmets to share, please bring your child's own helmet if you want them to wear one.  

Our courses equip children with the skills needed for cycling safely. 

Children Learn to Cycle

This course is children who are still learning to start, stop and balance.  We prioritise children aged 8 (school year 3) and above.  For web pages with suggestions of how to practice cycling with children of any age check these links.     

Courses usually consist of two 45 minute sessions on consecutive days.  Training is held in the safe playground area of Haverstock School, near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  View map.  

Some training bikes are available to borrow, but do bring your child's own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can.  

Children's training courses are subject to confirmation after sufficient registrations are received.     

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 11-12 December 2021 1.45pm - 2.30pm to be confirmed
Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 December 2021 10.30am - 11.15am to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 8-9 January 2022 10.30am - 11.15am to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 February 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 February 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available
Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 February 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 March 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 March 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available

Children Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice essential skills such as signalling, observation and stopping quickly. Aimed at young people and children aged 8 or above who are able to ride unassisted and want to improve their safe cycling skills.

Courses usually consist of two sessions on consecutive days.  Training is held in the safe playground area of Haverstock School, near Chalk Farm Underground Station.  View map.  

Some training bikes are available to borrow, but do bring your child's own well-fitting, roadworthy bike if you can. 

Children's training courses are subject to confirmation after sufficient registrations are received.     

Date Time  
Saturday-Sunday 11-12 December 2021 1.45pm - 2.30pm to be confirmed
Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 December 2021 10.30am - 11.15am to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 8-9 January 2022 10.30am - 11.15am to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 February 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm to be confirmed
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 February 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available
Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 February 2022 10.30am - 12.00noon places available
Saturday-Sunday 5-6 March 2022 12.45pm - 1.30pm places available
Saturday-Sunday 19-20 March 2022 10.30am - 11.15am places available

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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 your individual needs. This could, for instance, include your route to school. 

Your child will need good bike control skills including signalling, stopping quickly and observation. We recommend that children can practiced these skills first at our Children's Building Cycle Confidence group courses (see above). 

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, well-fitting and roadworthy bikes.

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 looking for further information on Bikeability should email Camden's Road Safety Officer.

Community Cycling Sessions

Camden Community Cycling Sessions are held in accordance with current Coronavirus guidance.  All training takes place outdoors, observing measures to protect against Covid-19 transmission.  

Camden Community Cycling, 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.  

Sessions times and venues:

  • Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.20pm and 5.30pm to 6.20pm on the sports ground at Richard Cobden School / St Pancras Community Association (entrance on Camden Street), NW1 0LL.
  • Mondays (exc. Bank Holidays) from 4.45pm to 5.30pm and 5.45pm to 6.30pm at 

    Babington Court, Tybald’s Community Hall, New N Street / Orde Hall Street, WC1N 3JT.

Sessions are held in accordance with guidelines to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.  Trainees and instructors should stay at least two metres apart whenever possible.  You can register at the gate if free places are available.  The number of participants is limited.  

At Thursday sessions, 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 cannot 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
suspended no registrations accepted

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:

  1. All cycle training activity takes place outdoors and a minimum distance of two metres should be observed. 
  2. Venue guidance and government guidance must be followed as regards wearing face masks and other Covid-19 protection.  
  3. Do not attend training if you, or a member of your household, must stay in self isolation following a Coronavirus test, contact, or symptoms.   
  4. Notify the course administrator as soon as possible on 020 7974 1451 or cycletraining@camden.gov.uk if you cannot attend. 

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.

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