Bikeability and cycle skills in Islington
Islington Council offers a range of free Bikeability courses and cycle skills sessions to all residents, employees and students within the borough.
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.
Can I still cycle?
Yes. And it is advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being. Note there are some restrictions on riding in a group, so check the latest government guidance. At present, group sizes are limited to 30 outdoors, but Cycling UK recommend groups of up to 15 for group rides. Cycling UK have the latest cycling guidance here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle
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
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
Where is my local bike shop?
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.
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 I get some tips about cycling in London?
The Bikeability Trust have produced a Parents’ Handbook, which gives guidance about cycling with children that you can download that here: Bikeability_Parents_Handbook_2019. They also have a YouTube channel of new guidance videos. We’ve collected those videos and some useful videos about how to cycle effectively here.
Cycle skills online
TfL have created four short online modules that support our Cycle Skills sessions. If you complete them you’ll learn a little more about being an effective cyclist and gain a free 24 hour pass for the TfL Santander cycle hire scheme. And if you complete all four modules, you’ll receive a unique 15% discount code so you can save on Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks and helmets