Cycling in Harrow

Free cycle training

We offer a variety of free 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 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. An 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. Bikeability is also 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 levels:

  • 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

To book cycle training for your school email 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 acquire basic skills to cycle safely.

The free course follows Bikeability National Standards. It can help with basic skills and confidence before further taking training.

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 use glasses or lenses for distance viewing, please bring them to the training.

We recommend that you meet the same eyesight standard 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)."

Try Before You Bike

Try Before You Bike is a user-friendly scheme to encourage people to cycle:

  • pay monthly for a bike. This includes kids bikes, hybrid and folding bikes, e-bikes and adaptive cycles.
  • free delivery to your door with accessories (helmet, lights and lock)
  • expert guidance and a bespoke training session of up to two hours
  • no deposit or hidden fees
  • affordable purchase options and Cycle To Work available
  • free collection - if you decide the bike is not for you
  • support and encouragement to build confidence on the roads

Sign up with Peddle My Wheels who run the programme on our behalf.