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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.

Bikeability is back!

There’s never been a better time to learn to cycle. There are so many benefits to learning to be a safer and more effective cyclist, but at this time being able to travel in a socially distanced way also minimises your risk of infection when you’re getting about London. We’ve got a range of cycling courses available for you and some news about other cycles schemes around the borough.

Bikeability is back
Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability Level 2 courses for children in the October half term holiday. We’re running these courses in line with the latest Government Covid-19 guidance, so we are currently unable to lend helmets to participants.

Our Bikeability Level 2 are for children age 9-13 and they will learn how to ride safely and effectively using quiet local streets. We have a choice of venues in N4 and N1:

Rosemary Gardens (age 9-13) 26-29 October 10.00-12.00 Book here
Rosemary Gardens (age 9-13) 26-29 October 13.00-15.00 Book here
Tollington Place (age 9-13) 26-29 October 10.00-12.00 Book here
Tollington Place (age 9-13) 26-29 October 13.00-15.00 Book here

For further details, click here.

Adult 1:1 and Family Cycle Skills sessions

You can now book Family Cycle Skills and Adult 1:1 Cycle Skills sessions, which are run with a Covid-safe protocol.

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.

Cycle Buddies
Cycle Islington, our local London Cycling Campaign group, are running a scheme to support inexperienced cyclists.

Cycle Buddies puts new riders in touch with experienced riders in their local area. Cycle Buddies can meet up and ride together – to work, to the shops or just to the park for some practice. And if you are a confident cyclist, you can sign up too, to help others experience the joy and freedom of getting about by bike.

To find out more and sign up, go to Islington Cycle Buddies.

People-Friendly Streets
You many have noticed some changes to your local area. As part of our pandemic response, Islington Council has accelerated the roll out of Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods, School Streets and cycle routes, such as Cycleway 38 that runs along Liverpool Road. You can read more about these schemes here.

Islington Cycling Club youth programme
There are weekly cycle coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. The sessions are run by experienced British Cycling coaches, who offer a range of activities (from cyclocross and time trialling to road racing) in a safe and enjoyable environment. The emphasis of our coaching is on enjoying our sport. Whatever ambitions a young rider has, whether that’s competing at events or simply to have fun cycling, our coaches will accommodate them and work towards their goals. Details here.

Islington Bikeability and Cycle Skills news – Autumn 2018

New cycle routes in Islington

In the past month, two new signed cycle routes have opened in Islington.  Cycle Superhighway 6 runs from Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross, passing through Islington, and features segregated lanes away from other traffic, along with redesigned junctions which have improved priority for cyclists.  Quietway 2 runs from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow on a network of quieter residential streets and cycle tracks, intersecting with both CS6 and CS1.

 

If you’d like an introduction to these routes (or if you haven’t yet come across their new features, like “two-stage turns” for cyclists) then why not book a free cycle skills session where one of our qualified instructors can show them to you?

Maps of Cycle Superhighway 6 and Quietway 2.

 

 

Half term Bikeability for children

Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the October half term holiday (22-25 October). 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

 

 

 

Free bike checks in N1 and N19
With colder and wetter weather around the corner, it’s more important than ever that your bike is properly set up to keep you riding comfortably and safely.  Our free Dr Bikes continue through autumn in two different locations each month. Come to the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, or Navigator Square in Archway on the third Tuesday of every month. All sessions run 4pm-7pm, and you can view exact dates and locations here.

 

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

 

Cycle skills for adults and families
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding 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.

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

 

Saddle and Sole Festival is up for an award

For the past six years, the Islington cycling team have run a summer festival in Finsbury Park (alongside our colleagues from Hackney and Haringey).  This year’s festival of Cycling and Walking (called ‘Saddle and Sole’) was the best–attended yet, and has also been shortlisted for a National Sustainable Travel Award.  More news in our next newsletter. If you would like a stall or would like to run an activity at next year’s festival, email david.shannon@islington.gov.uk.

Spring 2018

Saddle and Sole

Our festival of cycling and walking will be on Sunday 17 June, from 12noon to 6pm in Finsbury Park. 

Flyer for Saddle and Sole 2018

There are loads of free activities, including:

  • Free Dr Bike maintenance checks
  • Free giveaways for cyclists
  • Fun walks, sign up on the day
  • All ability cycling with Pedal Power Cycling Club
  • Local shop stalls
  • Family fun activities
  • Delicious local food
  • Free adult cycle skills taster sessions
  • Refurbished bikes and bike swap – bring your “wrong size” bikes to exchange
  • Free bike security marking
  • Haringey, Hackney and Islington Cycling Campaigns
  • Ride The Italian Job – a 100km challenge, starts 8.30am
  • Family-friendly 5km cycle rides – 2pm and 4pm – sign up here or on the day
  • Rollapaluza – static bike racing
  • Crazy bikes

 


 

Summer is on the way (honestly, it is!), so get set for some sunny days in the saddle with a whole range of free activities from the Islington Bikeability and cycle skills team.

Half term Bikeability for children

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

Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the May/June half term holiday. Choose from:

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

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

Just the medicine for your bike
Our free monthly Dr Bikes continue into the summer in fact, we are now offering two sessions per month at different locations. Come to the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, or Navigator Square in Archway on the third Tuesday of every month. All sessions run 4pm-7pm, and you can view exact dates and locations here.

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.

A mechanic and a member of the public work together to repair a bike outside the town hall
A mechanic and a member of the public work together to repair a bike outside the town hall

Cycle skills for adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual cycle skills sessions. You can also learn how to ride together as a family, book a family cycle skills session. Women and girls aged 14+ can book one of our This Girl Can urban cycle skills courses – a confidence-building weekend course with bikes provided.

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

 

 

Round logo in green and grey says Islington Cycling Club Youth Programme 8-15

 

The fast track to success

Islington Cycling Club runs weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park. Sessions are every Saturday, 10am-12.00noon and are run by experienced British Cycling coaches.  There is a range of activities from cyclocross, time trials to road racing in a safe and enjoyable environment. Cost is £50 per term and you can do a try out for £5. Meet at the park café. Further details here.

 

Best wishes

 

The Bikeability and cycle skills team

Easter 2018

Saddle and Sole

Save the date – Sunday 17 June – that’s when the next Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling and Walking takes place. It’s a bit of a mouthful, right? So, we’ve called it Saddle and Sole this year.

There will be loads of free cycling and walking activities on the day for you to try out.


Plus, if you are looking for a challenge, why not enter The Italian Job? Islington Cycling Club organise this 60-mile ride on 17 June which starts and finishes in Finsbury Park. True to its name, the ride has an Italian theme – riders are encouraged to showcase their Italian spirit in some respect. A prize will be awarded for whoever shows the most Italian style. The route heads north-west to a rest stop at Fillipetto’s Deli in Little Chalfont, and returns to the park in time for Saddle and Soles. It costs £10 to take part and you can enter here.

 

Round logo Islington Cycling Club - The Italian Job with three arrows green, white and red

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Roll smoothly into spring with a whole range of free activities from the Islington Bikeability and cycle skills team.

Keep your bike healthy
Our free monthly Dr Bikes continue into the New Year – in fact, we are now offering two sessions per month at different locations. Come to the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, or Navigator Square in Archway on the third Tuesday of every month. All sessions run 4pm-7pm, and you can view exact dates and locations here.

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

BikeFix at Birchmore Hall
Want some advice on bike maintenance? Want to learn how to fix a puncture or adjust your brakes? We’re running monthly free drop-in sessions at Birchmore Hall (N5 2UA), where our expert mechanics can show you how your bike works, and teach you some useful skills to keep you riding. Please bring your bike 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. No need to book, just pop in.

Sessions run on Sundays. The next one is:

  • Sunday 25 March, 10am-3pm

A mechanic adjusts brakes watched by trainees on a maintenance course

Plus all our usual courses
Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the Easter holiday. Choose from:

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

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

A line of of six pupils cycling on road being led by an instructor and followed by another

Cycle skills for adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual 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

Cycle skills for families

To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book family cycle skills sessions.

 


Discover your va-va-Froome
Islington Cycling Club runs weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park. Sessions are every Saturday, 10am-12.00noon and are run by experienced British Cycling coaches.  There is a range of activities from cyclocross, time trialling to road racing in a safe and enjoyable environment. Cost is £50 per term and you can do a try out for £5. Meet at the park café. Further details here.

 

 

Happy cycling!

The Bikeability and cycle skills team

 

New Year’s revolutions

Cycle share schemes land in Islington

If you don’t have access to a bike in the borough and need to get somewhere quickly, you now have three different bike hire options. Anyone in the south of Islington can still access TfL’s Santander cycle hire, but there are also two brand-new dockless cycle share operators up and running.

Ofo and Mobike have distributed hundreds of their distinctive yellow and silver/orange bikes around Islington – and they’re just a tap on the app away from being unlocked. Both operators have released exclusive free codes just for this mailing list: for Ofo type in ofoCYCisl for 3 free rides (code valid until 15 February, and valid for 30 days once activated).  For Mobike use LBItraining2018 for 5 free rides (code valid from 18 Jan for 1 month and valid for 2 months after redeeming). There are instructions for use on the bikes.

Close up pf yellow Ofo hire bike with instructions for use on front basket

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Get your pedals turning in 2018 with a whole range of free activities from the Islington Bikeability and cycle skills team.

Carry on, Doctor
Our free monthly Dr Bikes continue into the New Year – in fact, we are now offering two sessions per month at different locations. Come to the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, or Archway Square on the third Tuesday of every month. All sessions run 4pm-7pm, and you can view exact dates and locations here.

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.

A mechanic and a member of teh public work together to repair a bike outside the town hahh

BikeFix at Birchmore Hall
Want some advice on bike maintenance? Want to learn how to fix a puncture or adjust your brakes? We’re running monthly free drop-in sessions at Birchmore Hall (N5 2UA), where our expert mechanics can show you how your bike works, and teach you some useful skills to keep you riding. Please bring your bike 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. No need to book, just pop in.

Sessions run on these Sundays:

  • Sunday 11 February 2018, 10am-3pm
  • Sunday 11 March 2018, 10am-3pm

A mechanic adjusts brakes watched by trainees on a maintenance course

Plus all our usual courses
Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the half term holiday. Choose from:

  • Beginners (age 5-12)for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – teaches bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – get the skills to ride safely on road

They are taking place at venues in N4 and N1. For full details and to book, click here and search for ‘Children’s holiday Bikeability’.

Schoolboy on bike looks over his shoulder before setting off on a short on road bike trip watched by classmates and an instructor

Cycle skills for adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual cycle skills sessions.

Cycle skills for families

To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book family cycle skills sessions.

 

Happy cycling!

The Bikeability and cycle skills team

 

Autumn 2017

Autumn may be here, but there are still so many reasons to keep riding. Yesterday was Cycle To Work Day – we hope you did. It’s also Cycle September, and if you log just one 10-minute ride in the Love To Ride website, you could win a prize.

Square deal
On Friday 22 September it’s Car Free Day, the perfect time to hop on a bike! In fact, we’re running a led ride that day from the newly-opened Archway Square (above). This lunchtime ride will last 45 minutes, just right for a refreshing break. Sign up here to book your place. There will also be a Dr Bike in the square from 8am-2pm, so you can get your bike tuned up nicely for the ride.

University challenge
City, University of London, are getting in the saddle with a led ride on Wednesday 4 October at 1.30pm. This ride is themed Uncovering Secrets, taking in Islington’s green and pleasant past and some of the borough’s most elegant Georgian Squares, starting at Northampton Square and ending at a local café. Please book in advance here.

Cycle Islington are joining forces with Camden Cyclists to offer a free led ride to Lee Valley later this autumn – details here. Sounds fun!

You can also find locally organised rides on British Cycling’s Let’s Ride website. Or you can post a ride that you’re running there.

 

Doctor who?
The council runs free Dr Bike sessions at the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, 4pm-7pm, Upper Street, N1 2UD. 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.

 

 

Girl pedal power
If you are female and aged 14 or over you can learn how to ride confidently in London. Our This Girl Can Urban Cycle Skills course will introduce you to riding your bike on quiet local streets, dealing with junctions and finding out how to cycle in traffic.  We have courses this autumn in Finsbury Park. Bikes and helmets will be provided (or you are welcome to bring your own).  Places are limited, so book soon:

  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, 10am -3pm, book here
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, 10am -3pm, book here

 

Plus all our usual courses
Islington Council has a programme of free Bikeability courses for children in the half term holiday. Choose from:

  • Beginners (age 5-12) for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – teaches bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – get the skills to ride safely on road

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

 

Cycle skills for adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual cycle skills sessions. Cycle skills for families To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book family cycle skills sessions.

 

Discover your va-va-Froome
Islington Cycling Club runs weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park. Sessions are every Saturday, 10am-12.00noon and are run by experienced British Cycling coaches.  There is a range of activities from cyclocross, time trialling to road racing in a safe and enjoyable environment. You can try it out for £5. Meet at the park café. Further details here.

 

Happy cycling!

The Bikeability and cycle skills team

 

Summer 2017

We hope you are ready for a fabulous summer of cycling. There are maintenance courses and Dr Bikes to get your bike in good shape, some led rides and all our usual summer courses for children and adults to develop your cycle skills and build your confidence.

Time for a good ride
Imagine riding through central London on closed roads. On Saturday 28 July you can enjoy an eight-mile circuit taking in iconic landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England. The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle is, er free, but you need to register in advance here. Cycle Islington are organising a feeder ride leaving from Highbury Fields at 10.30am and a return ride from the Museum of London at 3pm.

You can also find many local organised rides. Local groups and ride buddies on British Cycling’s Let’s Ride website. Or you can post a ride that you’re running there.

 

The doctor will see you now
The council runs free Dr Bike sessions at the Town Hall on the first Wednesday of every month, 4pm-7pm, Upper Street, N1 2UD. 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.

DIY repairs
Cycle Islington – our local London Cycling campaign group – are running free bike maintenance courses over the summer. The first is on Sunday 2 July from 11am-1pm at the Sunnyside Community Centre, Hazellville Road, N19 3LX.

And the council has also arranges some free places on a series of one-day bike maintenance courses on 25 June, 8 July and 12 August which take place in NW3.

 

These girls can!

 

If you are female and aged 14 or over you can learn how to ride confidently in London. Our This Girl Can Urban Cycle Skills course will introduce you to riding your bike on quiet local streets, dealing with junctions and finding out how to cycle in traffic.  We have courses this summer in Finsbury Park. Bikes and helmets will be provided (or you are welcome to bring your own).  Places are limited, so book soon:

  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August  10am -3pm, book here

 

Plus all our usual courses

Bikeability for children Islington Council has a programme of free cycling courses for children in the summer holidays. Choose from:

  • Beginners (age 5-12) for children who can’t yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) – teaches bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) – get the skills to ride safely on road

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

Cycle skills for adults

If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free basic cycle skills group course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road riding can book some individual cycle skills sessions. Cycle skills for families To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book family cycle skills sessions.

Cycle racing for young people

Islington Cycling Club runs weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park. Sessions are every Saturday, 10am-12.00noon and are run by experienced British Cycling coaches.  There is a range of activities from cyclocross, time trialling to road racing in a safe and enjoyable environment. The cost is £5 per session (£3 for members). Meet at the park café. Further details here.

Happy cycling!

The Bikeability and cycle skills team

 

 

 

 

 

June update

This week is Bike Week, our favourite time of year and we do hope you are out enjoying yourself in the saddle. This coming Sunday 18 June you can have a wheelie good celebration at the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling and Walking. It’s in Finsbury Park from 12 noon until 6pm.

And if you fancy a challenge, the 100km ride The Italian Job, also on Sunday, is just the, er, job. Entries close midnight on Weds 14 June. Grab a place at: www.islington.cc/#events

 

Have fun!