Winter 2023

We hope you are enjoying the festive period, and looking forward to a good break.

Holiday courses this winter break

With Christmas holidays nearly upon us, we’re pleased to announce that we are hosting holiday courses from 2 to 5 January. This holiday we will offer Beginner and Level 1 courses at Rosemary Gardens and Wray Crescent. For more information and to book a spot on these courses, please book here. 

Learn to love your bike

A mechanic adjusts brakes watched by trainees on a maintenance course

Does your bike need a little TLC? Our cycle maintenance classes cover the basics of cycle maintenance, like checking, cleaning, and fitting your bike, removing a wheel and tyre to fix a puncture, adjusting different types of brakes, etc. Even if there is nothing wrong with your bike, you’re welcome to learn some handy tips and tricks from our experts. So bring your bike, any tools you’d normally use to maintain it, and some questions, and book one of our sessions at Birchmore Hall. Note: you’ll need to bring your bike with you.

If you can’t ride a bike… 

…don’t worry! We have Learn to Ride sessions for adults at Winton Primary School, near Kings Cross. These take place on the first and third Saturday of each month. The next ones are on 21 January and 4 February. These friendly and supportive sessions will teach you the basics of how a bicycle works, how to maintain your balance safely and confidently and get you riding unaided. The training takes place in a quiet off-road environment. For more information and to see when the next Learn to Ride weekends will take place, please visit our booking site

Get a free bike check!

At Dr Bike events, our mechanics can check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. By the end, your bike will feel loved and cared for. Any minor adjustments that can be made to your bike, will be done there and then. If there is something that can’t be fix on site, you’ll be told exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost to repair at a bike shop.

Tuesday 9 January, 11am – 2pm  – outside Highbury and Islington Station

Tuesday 6 February, 11am – 2pm – outside Archway Station

Tuesday 5 March 2024, 11am – 2pm – outside Finsbury Park Station

Further details can be found here.

Have your say

More good news this month when the Highbury LTN was made permanent.  There are 5 more Liveable Neighbourhoods currently at various stages in the engagement/consultation process:  Barnsbury and Laycock; Bunhill Healthy Neighbourhood, The Cally, Dartmouth Park Healthy Neighbourhood and Mildmay – more information on each here.  Lots of LN activity to come in 2024.

The council is consulting on school streets for a primary school in Tollington, there is an online survey which closes on 7 January 2024.

Local events round up

Saturday 16 December  iBike have organised a Santa ride at 1330 with sleigh bells and of course Santa outfits, which will be fun – more details here.

Saturday 30 December JoyRiders have a ride from Cleveland Street to the V&A museum in Kensington for a visit to the beautiful cafe and a special tour to celebrate women by ride leader Nikki.  Register here.

Sunday 10 February  Cycle Islington and Islington Cycle Club offer a joint ride to Valentine’s Park for Valentine’s Day with a visit to the cafe.

Sunday 3 March Freedom Ride for Women on 3 March 2024 to celebrate International Women’s Day and organised by the LCC Women’s Network.  More information.

JoyRiders women’s cycling group regularly hosts events in the Camden and Islington area. If you like to know when there’s an event going on, please check their calendar. 

Contact us

For any more information on the cycling sessions we’ll deliver this season, or if you have other cycle training-related questions, please visit our website, or contact us on