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New Year 2023 Cycling

Half term Bikeability and fun ride

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the February half term holidays from Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1: 

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

A new feature for our Level 2 courses: As part of the Level 2 course, there is a Led Ride on Friday 17 February. Just arrive that day at the same venue you have attended that week at 1pm and the instructors will take you on a fun tour of the local area. The ride will finish at the start point at 3pm.

Click here to book

A Big Bike Ride for everyone else

This family-friendly ride will start and end at Highbury Crescent on Highbury Fields.
The Big Bike Ride will be marshalled by our experienced cycle trainers. Families are welcome and children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Arrive at 9.30am for a rider briefing and bike checks. The ride will then start at 10am and finish at noon.

Places are limited and to take part you must book in advance. To book and get further details click here

Start 2023 with new skills

Urban and advanced cycle skills – 1:1 on-road sessions
If you live, work or study in Islington, why not book yourself a free adult cycle skills session and become a confident road cyclist. We can teach any level, provide you with a bike and meet you in a location and a time that suits you. Our adult 1:1 cycle skill sessions are kindly supported Human Forest. If you would like to learn more about learning to ride one of their eBikes, click here.

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Basic cycle skills – group beginner training
If you are not yet able to cycle unaided you can join one of our adult beginner groups. Learning takes place in a supportive group environment. Book your place on our weekend adult weekend beginners’ weekend sessions at Haverstock Primary School, NW3.

  • 18 and 19 February
  • 18 and 19 March

We will teach you how to ride a bike in a safe, off-road environment with a qualified instructor. Once you feel comfortable to go on road, you can book onto our 1:1 urban and advanced cycle skills course. These sessions are for adults who are unable to cycle unaided.

 

Learn to fix your bike

Want some advice on bike maintenance? Want to learn how to fix a puncture or adjust your brakes? We’re running sessions at Birchmore Hall, Highbury Quadrant, N5 2UA. Our expert mechanics can show you how your bike works, and teach you some useful skills to keep you riding. Please bring your bike, if you have one, and any tools you have. Your bike doesn’t even need to be broken, you are welcome to come along if you just want to learn something new.

Sessions run at these times:

  • Friday 17 February 2023 10am- noon
  • Friday 17 February 2023  1pm-3pm

Click here to book.

A mechanic adjusts brakes watched by trainees on a maintenance course

Dr Bike is back

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bikes will be taking place on the first Tuesday of every month across the borough. Please check the Dr Bike page for dates and locations.

 

Wanted: pre-loved bikes

Did you get a new bike for Christmas? Do you have an old one which you’d like to donate to a good cause? Islington Council is looking for bikes (in any condition) to be used in our All About The Bike project. This scheme benefits Islington secondary school pupils, who gain a bike, lock and learn basic bike maintenance, as well as taking Bikeability Level 3 training. If you can help, please contact patrycja.ozog@islington.gov.uk

 

Cycling with learning disabilities

After a winter break, Pedal Power returns with weekly cycling sessions for people of all ages with learning difficulties. Sessions cost £3 and take place at both Finsbury Park and the Emirates. Book online www.pedalpowercc.org.

 

 

Charlton Place and Camden Passage update

We have plans to take forward major improvements to Charlton Place and Camden Passage – one of the borough’s most historic, popular spaces – as part of our mission to create a cleaner, greener, healthier borough. The improvements will support Camden Passage and Angel Town Centre, benefitting local businesses and local people with measures such as outdoor seating, pavement widening, and raingardens to boost biodiversity and improve air quality, Construction starts on 20 February and includes a new contra-flow cycle movement. For more information about People Friendly Streets, click here.

Women’s Wonder Ride

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday 5 March, the London Cycling Campaign is staging the Women’s Wonder Ride. This starts Speaker’s Corner Cafe in Hyde Park and is for all who identify as women or non-binary and their allies. Cycle Islington will be running a feeder ride and more details will be available soon. In the meantime, book your ticket for the main ride

 

Joy Riders

Islington and Camden have combined forces and have a programme of led rides. Either from the Crick Institute (where bikes can be borrowed from Camden Council) and some from Barnards Park (where you will need to provide your own cycle):

Happy cycling,

 

Bart and Patrycja

Cycle through the winter

All I want for Christmas is Bikeability

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the Christmas holidays from Monday 19 December to Thursday 22 December We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

They are taking place at venues in N4 and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

Adult cycle training all wrapped up

On-road training
If you live, work or study in Islington, why not book yourself a free adult cycle skills session and become a confident road cyclist. We can teach any level, provide you with a bike and meet you in a location and a time that suits you. Our adult 1:1 cycle skill sessions are kindly supported by Human Forest. If you would like to learn more about learning to ride one of their eBikes, click here.

Beginner training
If you are not yet able to cycle unaided you can join one of our adult beginner groups. Learning takes place in a supportive group environment. Book your place on our weekend adult weekend beginners’ weekend sessions at Haverstock Primary School, NW3.
Note: the times for these sessions are still to be confirmed, but we have the dates) – please continue to check the website and email bart.smith@isilngton.gov.uk if you would like to register your interest. Confirmed dates:

  • 21 / 22 January
  • 18 / 19 February
  • 18 / 19 March

We will teach you how to ride a bike in a safe, off-road environment with a qualified instructor. Once you feel comfortable to go on road, you can book onto our 1:1 urban and advanced cycle skills course. These sessions are for adults who are unable to cycle unaided.

Take your career up a gear

You could become a cycle instructor! Islington Council and the Bikeability Trust are offering a £500 bursary towards training as a cycling instructor. And, if you are an Islington resident and commit to working in the borough, you can apply for an additional £200 towards the cost thanks to Sport Islington.

Can we fix it?

We are delighted to announce that we have the following Dr Bikes events. Our friendly 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 and they can show you how to do these repairs yourself.

  • Wednesday 28 December, Packington Estate, meet by the Arc Centre, N1 7FX – 9.00am- 12 noon
  • Wednesday 28 December, Dover Court, meet at the main open area, N1 3NA – 1.00pm-4.00pm

 

Pedal Power

Pedal Power, the all ability cycling club is closed for December and January please look on their website for when they reopen

Joy Riders

There are two free fully led rides offered by Joy Riders that are “for women, by women.” These rides aim to help women gain confidence in their riding skills to the point where you are happy and comfortable riding a bike independently. Click the links below to book:

Happy cycling and enjoy your Christmas holidays!

Best wishes

Autumn cycling update – October 2022

Half-term Bikeability

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the October half term, 24-27 October 2022. We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

Click here to book

Free on-road cycle training for adults

If you live, work or study in Islington, why not book yourself a free adult cycle skills session? We can teach any level, provide you with a bike and meet you in a location and a time that suits you. Our adult 1:1 cycle skill sessions are kindly supported by Human Forest. If you would like to learn more about learning to ride one of their eBikes, click here.

 

Adult beginners group cycle skills

If you are not yet able to cycle unaided you can join one of our Adult beginners’ groups- learning is done in a supportive group environment.

Book your place on our weekend adult beginners’ sessions at Haverstock Primary School on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2022.

We will teach you how to ride a bike in a safe, off-road environment with a qualified instructor. Once you feel comfortable to go on road, you can book onto our 1:1 urban and advanced cycle skills course. These sessions are for adults who are unable to cycle unaided.

 

Try Before You Bike

Islington runs 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. You can also buy a cargo bike and now adapted cycles are available for those with special requirements.

Seasonal riding advice

With the clocks about to go back and the nights definitely drawing in, it’s important to be visible on the roads and know the rules around bike lights. Follow our Winter Tips to enjoy safe cycling this winter.

 

OurBike – your community e-cargo bike

A brand-new community e-cargo bike is available to hire at Exmouth Market and Caledonian Road. To book your introductory session or to find out more click here

 

Highbury Quadrant School Street goes live

Islington’s largest school Street went live on Monday 26 September. A School Street is where roads around a school temporarily close to traffic to become a pedestrian and cycle zone during the school’s opening and closing times. Temporarily closing roads outside schools makes it easier and safer for children to get to and from school, reducing congestion and improving air quality at the school gate Find out more

 

 

Happy cycling!

Celebrating World Car Free Day – Thursday 22 September

For World Car Free Day, why not get your neighbours together on your street!

World Car Free Day is on Thursday 22 September. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with your community right on your doorstep. The council can help you to close your road to traffic so you can safely host your community on your street.

Throw a Street Party to celebrate!

You can shut your road to motor traffic and create a safe space for everyone to get together, while helping us to improve air quality in Islington.

It’s easy to apply, just choose a date and time, complete the online application form and we will support you with closing the road.

There’s no cost to apply and we just need two weeks’ notice. Find out more: https://orlo.uk/CVzZs

Note: You can, of course, arrange a Play Street or street party for other dates and to mark other occasions

 

Or do you already run a regular Play Street?

Why not hold your Play Street on the weekend of 24/25 September to celebrate World Car Free Day?

Play Streets provide a safe space for children to play with their neighbours, right on their doorstep. Interested to know more about Play Streets?

With the support of your neighbours, you can apply to make your street a Play Street and regularly shut your road to traffic.

Six reasons to make your street a #PlayStreet:

  1. Allow children to play safely on their doorstep
  2. A great way to meet your neighbours
  3. It’s great for children’s health and wellbeing
  4. Reduce traffic and air pollution
  5. We can provide signs and support with closing the road
  6. It’s free to apply

Find out more and apply today: https://orlo.uk/WnlnO

 

Summer cycling update

cycling scene illustration

Your summer of Bikeability

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the summer holidays (8-11 August and 29 August-1 September)  We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1. Book here

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

Teenagers get confident!

If you are aged 13-17, why not sign up for our Summerversity course Become a Confident Cyclist. Places are available to book throughout August. Over the course get the chance to pick up Bikeability Level 3 skills on the road (Mon-Thurs) and then celebrate your achievements with a led ride to Buckingham Palace on the Friday. Book your place now!

 

Learn on a HumanForest eBike

We have teamed up with cycle hire firm HumanForest to offer 2 x 2-hour adult 1-1 cycle sessions on a HumanForest eBike. Whether you’re thinking of getting an eBike, want to improve your skills on them or just curious, book a session now! And our adult and family cycle skills are still open to book if you want to learn on a non eBike, too.

 

Joy and freedom

JoyRiders help women discover the joy and freedom of riding… not for sport, just for fun.

Saturday 23 July – JoyRiders Beginner Plus bike ride from Kings Cross Square to the Isle of Dogs; sets off at 11am and returns at 1.30pm.  This is a social bike ride designed for women who are at a beginner level and who want to increase their confidence. Book here

OurBike – your community e-cargo bike

A brand new community e-cargo bike is available to hire at Exmouth Market and Caledonian Road. To book your introductory session or to find out more click here

Is a cargo bike for you?

Are you a local business or individual who would like to know if a cargo bike would be compatible with your daily routine? ZEN (Zero Emissions Network) is offering Islington businesses and individuals a free week’s trial

Outside Briki, (67 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL) and E-scooter clinic and cafe, (346 Caledonian Road, N1 1DU).  They are available for residents and businesses alike.

 

Do you need a cycle?

Islington runs a scheme called Try Before You Bike, where you can buy a child or adult cycle for a small monthly fee, and the cycle will be delivered to your door. You can also buy a cargo bike and now adapted cycles are available for those with special requirements.

Cycle to work day

Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event on Thursday 4 August 2022. Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all. Give it a go!

Close your street for fun

Find out how you can shut your street to traffic for up to three hours a week so children can play safely.

Play Streets promote children’s health and wellbeing by giving them the freedom to have fun and play safely ‘on their doorstep.’ They also give greater priority to pedestrians and help to raise awareness of air pollution. Find out more

 

Give your bike some TLC

We are running our the following Dr Bikes. Check out the website for more details

  • Tuesday  19 July – Outside Essex Road Station – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 August  – Highbury & Islington Station – 1.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Happy cycling

Summer Term 2022

Traffic-free riding for all the family

The family event the the RideLondon Freecycle is back on Sunday 29 May – a brilliant opportunity to cycle on streets which have been made car-free for just one day.  Cycle Islington will be leading a group down to the start and back again and further details on how to register are here: https://www.ridelondon.co.uk/our-rides/ridelondon-freecycle

 

Half term cycling

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the half term (Monday 30 May-Thursday 2 June) holiday at our site at Wray Crescent, N4.

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road

For full details and to book, click here.

 

The doctor will see you now

We are delighted to announce that we have the following Dr Bikes events. And as a bonus, at these events you to get your cycle security marked and registered for free by the police 

  • Friday 10 June – Andover Estate,  1.00pm -4.00pm
  • Saturday 18 June – Bright Sparks shop, 176 Seven Sisters Rd, N7 7PX, 12.00-4.00pm* No bike marking available at this event
  • Tuesday 21 June – Whitecross Street Market – Next to Waitrose 10.30am-1.30pm
  • Tuesday  19 July – Outside Essex Road Station – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 August – Highbury & Islington Station – 1.30pm – 4.30pm

At Dr Bike sessions, 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.

All the mechanics are friendly and approachable and have a wealth of cycling knowledge, so feel free to pick their brains about our cycle skills training or other cycling activities.

For more information about Dr Bike sessions or to book a session for your organisation, contact us.

 

Become a better cyclist

Our adult 1:1 cycle skills sessions are free

If you’re a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, we provide free 1:1 sessions for people aged 16 and over, tailored to suit your individual abilities and goals. To request a free two-hour session (which can take place at any time- bikes can be provided if you don’t have your own) please complete our form.

The next step

Already had an adult 1:1 session? Do you want a little extra help to cycle more? Are you nervous about riding on busy roads, or do you want to plan a journey to work or to the shops? Or do you cycle already and want to help others experience the joy and freedom of getting around by bike?

Cycle Buddies is run by Cycle Islington and puts people who want help to cycle more in touch with buddies who want to help them in their local area. Buddies can then meet up and ride together – completing essential journeys safely or getting exercise outdoors. What are you waiting for?

 

You did Beat the Street!

 

Well done to all those who took part. Throughout the six week game, 136,944 taps were recorded on Beat Boxes and 58,478 miles were travelled helping Islington residents stay active, enjoy the outdoors and discover new parts of the borough. One local resident said “It encouraged me to explore my local area, discover new locations and travel further than I would have otherwise .”

 

Do you need a cycle?

Islington runs a scheme called Try Before You Bike, where you can buy a child or adult cycle for a small monthly fee, and the cycle will be delivered to your door. You can also buy a cargo bike and now adapted cycles are available for those with special requirements.

 

Amwell LTN trial to continue

The People-Friendly Streets Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial in Amwell, which has helped reduce traffic and increase cycling within the neighbourhood, will be extended following positive monitoring data and resident feedback.

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Spring 2022

Easter holiday Bikeability

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in both weeks of the Easter Holiday (4-7 April and 11-14 April)  We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

They are taking place at venues in N4 and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

 

Adult beginners group cycle skills

Book your place on our weekend adult beginners’ sessions at Hugh Myddleton Primary School on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2022.

We will teach you how to ride a bike in a safe, off-road environment with a qualified instructor. Once you feel comfortable to go on road, you can book onto our 1:1 urban and advanced cycle skills course. These sessions are for adults who are unable to cycle unaided

Beat the Street

Beat the Street is a free, fun initiative that will see Islington transformed into a giant game!

See how far you can walk, cycle, run, scoot and roll in just 6 weeks. There are great challenges to enjoy and prizes up for grabs.

Family cycle skills

Our Family cycle skills sessions are now available, delivered with a Covid-safe protocol in line with government guidance.

Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family. 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.

Families in yellow hi-viz on the London FreeCycle bike ride

 

Try Before You Bike

Islington runs 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. You can also buy a cargo bike and now adapted cycles are available for those with special requirements.

St Mary’s Church LTN is now live!

Here is a link to find out more about the Low-Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN).

You can contribute until 14 March to the consultation on Highbury LTN

Likewise, you can share your thoughts on the latest School Streets consultation

 

Walk the Walk

14th May 2022 | Location: Clapham Common Registration opening: Entries are open!

October 2021

Here comes the autumn…

Even if the nights are drawing in and it’s getting cooler and wetter Islington Council can brighten your next few months with a range of cycling courses and activities for all ages. Cycling and active travel is particularly in the news at the moment and it’s an exciting time to take to two wheels.

Half term Bikeability is back!

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the half term holidays from Monday 25 October to Thursday 28 October. We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

They are taking place at venues in N4 and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

A group of pupils follow an instructor on the playground

A group of pupils follow an instructor on the playground

Join our Big Bike Ride

Celebrate the finale of our Let’s Talk About a Greener Future Festival with our Big Bike Ride around Islington on Friday 29 October, 10.30am-12.30pm. This family-friendly ride will start and end at Highbury Crescent on Highbury Fields, working its way through Islington’s newly-designed street network. The Big Bike Ride will be marshalled by our experienced cycle trainers. Families are welcome and children should be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. Places are limited and to take part you must book in advance. To book and get further details click here.

Dr Bike sessions

Our mechanics can check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. Any minor adjustments we can make to your bike, we do there and then. If there is something we can’t fix, we’ll let you know exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost to repair at a local bike shop.

Dr Bike's cargo bike outside the town hall, where a resident is shown how to adjust his bike
Dr Bike’s cargo bike outside the town hall, where a resident is shown how to adjust his bike
  • Friday 22 October, 1-4pm – Highbury and Islington station
  • Saturday 23 October, 10-4 pm – Dover Court Estate, Balls Pond Road, London N1 3HN
  • Wednesday 27 October, 2-6pm – Peregrine House Community Day, London EC1V 7PR
  • Friday 29 October, 1-6pm – Caledonian Park, N7 9TP
  • Wednesday 3 November, 5-7pm – Rosemary Branch Gastropub on Shepperton Road, N1 3DT

Try Before You Bike

If you are thinking of starting cycling, you can try a bike for £20 per month. The Try Before You Bike scheme allows you to try a bike for a monthly fee. Just choose your new bike and accessories using the helpful online tools, the bike gets delivered and you will be given a free Cycle Skills session to get you started.

Hire an e-bike

Lime offers the opportunity to hire an e-bike in Islington via the Lime app.

Human Forest offers the first 10 minutes of your ride free each day when you hire their e-bikes.

Cycle skills for adults, families and young people

If you want to improve your on-road riding, you can book some individual cycle skills sessions. You can also learn how to ride together as a family, by booking a family cycle skills session. And for 11-17 year olds looking to cycle to secondary school, we offer Independent cycle skills sessions.

Two riders on an urban road. The front one is a female trainee followed by an instructor in an orange hi-viz jacket
Two riders on an urban road. The front one is a female trainee followed by an instructor in an orange hi-viz jacket

New cycle routes in Islington

Islington has changed quite a bit over the last year. There are many new schemes in the borough that are designed to make it easier for you to walk and cycle. As part of the People-Friendly Streets programme there are several new Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods, School Streets and several new cycle lanes. You can see more details on the Council website.

July 2021 update

Here comes the summer…

Even if the weather isn’t super sunny, Islington Council can brighten your July and August with a range of cycling courses for all ages.

Summer Bikeability for children

We have a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the summer holidays running on the weeks of 26 July and 2 August. Choose from:

  • Beginners (age 5-12) – for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – learn bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – learn how to ride on quiet local streets

They are taking place at venues in N4 and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

A group of pupils follow an instructor on the playground
A group of pupils follow an instructor on the playground

Summerversity 

This is new… we now have cycling courses this summer for 13-17 year olds. You can book Become a Confident Cyclist on the Summerversity website for a week of cycling that includes four days of training a a group ride around London on the last day to round things off nicely.

E-bike cycle skills

We’ve teamed up with e-bike hire firm Lime to bring you a weekend of Cycle Skills sessions. You can use your own bike or borrow a Lime e-bike free of charge

        • Venue: Meet outside the Highbury Leisure Centre, Highbury Crescent, NDates: 31 July and 1 August 2021
        • Times slots: 9am-11am, 11.30am-1.30pm,  2pm-4pm
        • Each session lasts up to two hours.
        • Book here

 

More cycle skills for adults, families and young people

If you want to improve your on-road riding, you can book some individual cycle skills sessions. You can also learn how to ride together as a family, by booking a family cycle skills session. And for 11-17 year olds looking to cycle to secondary school, we offer Independent cycle skills sessions.

Two riders on an urban road. The front one is a female trainee followed by an instructor in an orange hi-viz jacket
Two riders on an urban road. The front one is a female trainee followed by an instructor in an orange hi-viz jacket

Plus there is our Try Before You Bike scheme.

Dr Bike
29 August, 2-6pm, Caledonian Park

New cycle routes in Islington

Islington has changed quite a bit over the last year. There are many new schemes in the borough that are designed to make it easier for you to walk and cycle. As part of the People-Friendly Streets programme there are several new Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods, School Streets and several new cycle lanes. You can see more details on the Council website.

e-bike Cycle Skills

We’ve teamed up with e-bike hire firm Lime to bring you a weekend of Cycle Skills sessions. You can use your own bike or borrow a Lime e-bike free of charge.

Venue: Meet outside the Highbury Leisure Centre, Highbury Crescent, N5

Dates: 21 and 22 November 2020

Times slots: 9am-11am, 11.30am-1.30pm,  2pm-4pm

Each session lasts up to two hours.

Urban and advanced cycle skills

Urban cycle skills: Improve your cycling skills and confidence. You’ll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practise 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 qualified trainer. After a quick, off-road skills check, you’ll work to improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you’re cycling efficiently and effectively.

During your cycle skills sessions, your instructor will assess your abilities and progressively build on them. Once competent, we can help plan the best routes to work, to friends’ houses or wherever you want to go. And we can incorporate these routes into your sessions. By working through the National Standards our instructors will help you cycle safely and with confidence on the roads.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Islington is entitled to two free cycle skills sessions.

We do not offer these 1:1 sessions for children and young people aged under 16. Please visit our family cycle skills or independent cycle skills pages to find out more about our training for under 16s. If your children are new to cycling, please book a holiday course on our child holiday Bikeability page.

Venue

Dates

Times

Book

Meet outside Highbury Leisure Centre, Highbury Cres N5 1RR

21 November

9.00-11.00

Fully booked

Meet outside Highbury Leisure Centre, Highbury Cres N5 1RR

26-29 October

9.00-11.00

Book here

Tollington Place, N4
(age 9-13)

26-29 October

10.00-12.00

Book here

Tollington Place, N4
(age 9-13)

26-29 October

13.00-15.00

Book here

 

Nearly every Islington school offers free Level 2 courses for its year 5 or 6 pupils – please speak to your child’s teachers or contact us to find out about your school’s next course.