Free cycle training
We offer a variety of free, bespoke cycle development activities for people who live, work or study in Harrow.
The sessions cater for all abilities; beginners to advanced cyclists. They can be arranged at a time and place to suit you.
The training is delivered by Cycle Confident and their team of fully qualified instructors.
Basic cycle skills
Learn to cycle with a session tailored to you. You’ll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. You’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate your local area.
Urban cycle skills
Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a session tailored to you. You’ll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique. From there you'll develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your qualified instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle more confidently.
Advanced cycle skills
Perfect your cycling techniques with a one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance and build confidence in the following scenarios:
- complex junctions
- heavy traffic
- cycling at night
Family cycle skills
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 for Children
Cycling is a fun way for children 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 children for taking part in cycle training. They can work their way through the following three levels as they move from primary to secondary school:
- learn to control your bike in a safe, off-road environment
- cycle safely on the road with other traffic on quieter roads
- cycle on busier roads and manage complex junctions in London
If your school would like to book cycle training please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child’s school doesn't offer cycle training do encourage them.
Online Cycle Skills Course
The Mayor of London has launched an online Cycle Skills course. This is to ensure as many Londoners as possible are equipped with the basic skills needed to cycle safely.
The free course follows Bikeability National Standards. It can help improve your basic skills to feel more confident before your one-to-one or group training session.
You will learn:
- Tips to get you and your bicycle prepared for the road
- How to start cycling on the road safely and responsibly
- Tips to brush up on your cycling skills
- How to cycle in a group with children
View the ABCheck taster video
You’ll find the full Online Cycle Skills Course at TfL.
If you need glasses or corrective lenses for distance viewing, please ensure you have them with you for the training.
The council also recommends that cyclists meet the same or a higher standard of eyesight as drivers and motorcyclists. This is stated in The Highway Code:
"(They) must be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres where the old style number plate is used)."