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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

All boroughs in London have been directed by TfL to stop all Bikeability and Cycle Skills sessions until further notice.  If you have any questions about a booking you have made please contact us.

Can I still cycle?

Although people are now being told to stay at home during the pandemic, one form of exercise is allowed a day.

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with current government guidance you should only do this alone or with members of your household (unless any of them have reason to self-isolate). Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups.

Cycling UK have the latest cycling guidance here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle

I’m a key worker and I want to cycle to work – how do I get there?

To route plan a cycling trip in London visit https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ and select the cycling tab.

This map shows cycle routes which have road markings and signs, including routes which are segregated from motor traffic: https://tfl.gov.uk/maps/cycle

NHS doctors, nurses and hospital staff can register for free rides with Jump bikes here: https://bit.ly/jumpnhs

There is free 24-hour access to TfL Santander Cycles for NHS workers. Contact your NHS comms team for more information, and find out more here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles

Are bike shops still open?

Yes. The Government has allowed bike shops to stay open.  A list of bike shops in Islington can be found here: https://islington.coordinate.cloud/contact-us/cycling-links/

Islington is also running a scheme called Try Before You Bike, where you can buy a cycle for a small monthly fee, and the cycle will be delivered to your door.

Can I hire a bike in Islington?

Please visit https://www.islington.gov.uk/roads/cycling/hire-a-bike to find out the latest news about the dockless cycle hire providers in the borough. NHS doctors, nurses and hospital staff can register for free rides with Jump bikes here: https://bit.ly/jumpnhs

TfL’s Santander Cycle scheme operates in the south of Islington and the latest news can be found here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles. There is free 24-hour access to TfL Santander Cycles for NHS workers. Contact your NHS comms team for more information.

Can you give me any tips about cycling in London?

The Bikeability Trust have produced a parents’ handbook, which gives guidance about cycling with children (you can download that here: Bikeability_Parents_Handbook_2019). They also have a YouTube channel which is being frequently updated with new guidance videos (some of which are shown below). We will update you when Islington Council’s Bikeability courses and cycle skills sessions (free to all residents, employees and students) are allowed to begin again.

Video guidance for cycling

If you’re considering starting to cycle you may find these videos helpful (produced by the Bikeability Trust and our neighbouring boroughs).  Islington Council is not responsible for the content of external links.

Prepare for cycling:

Starting and stopping on-road journeys:

Passing parked vehicles:

Passing side roads:

Turning left into side roads:

Turning right out of side roads:

Turning left out of side roads:

Turning right into side roads:

Riding near pedestrians:

Riding on narrow streets or through ‘pinch points’:

Riding outside the ‘door zone’ of parked cars:

Make eye contact, give yourself space and ride with caution:

Finally, how to check your bike is safe to ride:


Islington Council offers free Bikeability courses and cycle skills sessions to all residents, employees and students within the borough.  We will update this page when we are allowed to provide them again.

Quick links to popular courses

Bikeability is the Government-recognised national standard for cycle safety, aiming to improve cycle skills for all. Our cycle training is delivered by qualified instructors and there are a range of courses on offer to suit all ages and abilities.

Our complete range of Bikeability and cycle skills sessions is shown on the grey panel on this page – please click on the links to find out more.