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March update


If you are looking for a challenge this summer, why not enter The Italian Job? Our local club Islington Cycling Club organise this 60-mile ride on 18 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 the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling. It cost £10 to take part and you can enter here.

January update

Get rolling in 2017


NEW: Monthly Dr Bikes

From 1 February we are running free Dr Bike sessions outside the Town Hall (Upper Street, N1 2UD) on the first Wednesday of every month from 4pm-7pm.

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.

All our 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. There is a full list of dates here.

NEW: This Girl Can Cycle – for women and girls

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 a morning course (10.00-12.00) and an afternoon course (13.00-15.00), both take place in Finsbury Park. Bikes and helmets will be provided (or you are welcome to bring your own).

And there are all our usual courses:

Bikeability for children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the February half term. 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 N19, EC1* and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

*The courses at the EC1 site have some bikes available to borrow – see website for details.

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.

NEW: Cycle sport for young people

Starting in March Islington Cycling Club is holding weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park. Sessions take place on Saturdays 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.

Whatever ambitions a young rider has, whether that’s competing at events or simply to have fun cycling, the coaches will accommodate them and help to achieve their goals.

Your child will need:

  • A bike and helmet in good working order
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A signed parental consent form (available on the day)

The cost is £5 per session (£3 for members).

Club membership is £40, which includes a club jersey.

Register your interest by emailing secretary@islington.cc

London Youth Games – Islington Cycling Club will select and train the squad of boys and girls to represent borough for the time trial and circuit races at the annual London Youth Games on 18 June. To be eligible for the LYG you must be living in or attend school in Islington.

Islington Cycling Club is a registered Go-Ride club and part of British Cycling’s development programme for young people.

September update

What if every day was Cycle to Work Day?

This Wednesday 14 September it’s Cycle to Work Day and it looks like being a lovely sunny day. There are special Bike Tubes (led rides) run by the London Cycling Campaign to escort you into work following the line of many Tube routes. So, if you haven’t already dusted off your bike for summer, it’s not too late to be part of this amazing cycling celebration. And why not join the National Cycle Challenge? Just register and ride for a chance to win prizes galore.

For children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the October half term. 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

And we’re running them at venues in N19 and N1. For full details and to book, click here.

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 cycling skills sessions.

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

June update

Your summer of cycling

For children
We have a full 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

And we’re running them at four different venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

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 cycling skills sessions.

Can you fix it?
Take one of our free one-day basic bike maintenance courses and learn how to keep your bike going.

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

All together now!
Explore the borough on our Islington By Bike rides. There are two rides a day on Friday 22, Friday 29 July and Friday 5 August. Each day two rides set out at 10am, one from Rosemary Gardens and the other from Elthorne Park. There’s a rest stop halfway and we will get you back by noon. These family-friendly rides are run by Islington Council and led by qualified instructors. Free of charge, but places are limited, so book in advance here.

There are many more free guided rides in London. Why not take part in a Sky Ride? Sign up at www.goskyride.com. You can also arrange your own rides via British Cycling’s Ride Social website.

And why not grab the chance to cycle on traffic-free roads in central London at the RideLondon Freecycle on Saturday 30 July. It’s free to take part, but you need to register.

Go Islington!
There are more sports and activities on offer than you can shake a hockey stick at on 23 July at Go Islington! Aside from a Dr Bike and all ability cycling, there will be a chance to try out many Olympic sports such as running, tennis, handball, football and basketball, Full details here.

May update

Get the most from your bike

For children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the June half term. 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

And we’re running them at four different venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

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 cycling skills sessions.

Can you fix it?
Take one of our free one-day basic bike maintenance courses and learn how to keep your bike going.

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

All together!
Explore the borough on our Islington By Bike rides! There are two rides on Friday 3 June setting out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens and Elthorne Park. There’s a rest stop halfway and we will get you back by noon. These family-friendly rides are run by Islington Council and led by qualified instructors. Free of charge, but places are limited, so book in advance here.

Save the date for a cycling party!
Come and celebrate Bike Week on the 12 June at the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling. There is a ton of free bike activities, family fun and food on offer.

Looking for a bigger challenge?
Islington Cycling Club 
are staging a 100km bike ride that starts and finishes in Finsbury Park. The ride is called The Italian Job and it takes place on 12 June, the same day as the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling. You’ll go out to Hertfordshire as far as Little Chalfont and be back in time for the festival. It costs £9 and you can enter here.

Easter update

How you can get cycling this spring

For children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the Easter 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

And we’re running them at four different venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

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 adult weekend courses. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road skills can book individual training.

For families
To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book a family training session.

All together!
Explore the borough on our Islington By Bike rides! There are two rides on Friday 1 April setting out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens and Elthorne Park. There’s a rest stop halfway and we will get you back by noon. These family-friendly rides are run by Islington Council and led by qualified instructors. Free of charge, but places are limited, so book in advance here.

Looking for a bigger challenge?
Islington Cycling Club
 are staging a 100km bike ride that starts and finishes in Finsbury Park. The ride is called The Italian Job and it takes place on 12 June, the same day as the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling. You’ll go out to Hertfordshire as far as Little Chalfont and be back in time for the festival. It costs £9 and you can enter here.

Happy New Year

Get your 2016 rolling

Cycle training for children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children in the February half term. Choose from:

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

And we’re running them at three venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

Cycle training 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 weekend course. More advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road skills can book individual training.

Cycle training for families
To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book a family training session.

All together now
Explore the borough on our Islington By Bike rides! There are two rides on Friday 19 February setting out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens and Elthorne Park. There’s a rest stop halfway and we will get you back by noon. These family-friendly rides are run by Islington Council and led by qualified instructors. Free of charge, but places are limited, so book in advance here.

Beat the Blues
Take a trip to Walthamstow Village with Islington Cyclists Action Group’s Beat the Blues Bike Ride on Saturday 6 February. This ride sets out at 10.30am from The Ecology Centre (191 Drayton Park, N5 1PH) and there will be coffee/lunch stop. It’s an easy-paced ride “for anyone aged 8 to 80.” 

Challenge yourself
Sport Islington’s Club of the Year Islington Cycling Club are running two big public entry challenge rides. The Great Escape is 200km from Look Mum No Hands! in Old Street to Essex and back, while The Italian Job is a more modest 100km and takes you out to Little Chalfont from its start point in Finsbury Park. For more details about the club’s regular rides visit the club website.

Autumn 2015

We’re offering something for everyone this autumn…

Cycle training for children
We have a full programme of free cycling courses for children running in the October half term. There are three courses to choose from:

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

And we’re running them at three venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

Cycle training for adults
You can do a weekend course if you are a beginner or an improver and want to practice off-road. And advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road skills, can book individual training.

Cycle training for families
To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book a family training session.

Follow the leader
Explore your borough on our Islington by Bike rides – there will be 12 rides over the next 12 months! These family-friendly community bike rides are suitable for children and adults. They’re run by Islington Council and led by qualified cycle instructors.Free of charge, but places are limited, so you must book in advance here.

The first two rides set out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens and Elthorne Park on Friday 30 October, feature a rest stop halfway and will get you back by noon.

The Sky’s no limit
There are also two Sky Rides in Islington on Sunday 27 September (Islington Local Pride: Canals, Parks and Quietways) and Sunday 26 October (Islington Local Pride:Emirates, Ecology Park and Finsbury Park). Both are 10-mile rides at an easy pace. They’re also free to take part in.

Getting more sporty
Fresh from winning Sport Islington’s Club of the Year award, Islington Cycling Club have grown even more and have now reached 425 members. They run eight weekly rides with local start points. For more details visit the club website or email the club secretary. The photo below is from one of their ladies rides.

Bike maintenance classes
Our bike maintenance classes have proved so popular that they are currently fully booked. We’ll add more when we can. Meanwhile, we have found out about another free bike repair class and workshop that you might find useful. It is every Wednesday, 5pm-8pm, 1 Rochester Square, NW1 9RZ. Just turn up with your bike in hand.

More local cycling links
There are also details of further maintenance classes and links to many other local cycling facilities.

The Emirates

Let’s get riding

Children’s courses

There has been high demand for our summer holiday Bikeability courses for children. So, much so that there are just a few places left at our regular venues – Elthorne Park, Rosemary Gardens and Haverstock School.

So, we have added a whole new week of courses at a new venue…the Emirates!

You can see the details and book here.

Led rides

Cycling is a lot of fun and if you just want to go for a big cycle, join us on one of our Islington By Bike rides. These two family-friendly community bike rides are suitable for children and adults who can ride a bike competently.

They are run by Islington Council and led by qualified cycle instructors.

Free of charge, but you must book in advance here.
They set out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens, feature a rest stop halfway and will get you back to Rosemary Gardens by noon.

Bike maintenance classes

Our bike maintenance classes have proved so popular that they are currently fully booked. We’ll add more when we can. Meanwhile, we have found out about another free bike repair class and workshop that you might find useful. It is every Wednesday, 1 Rochester Square, NW1 9RZ. Just turn up with your bike in hand.

Summer 2015

There’s so much cycling you can do this summer…

Celebrate cycling
The third Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling takes place on Sunday 14 June (12noon-6pm), where there will be loads of free cycle-related things to take part in, as well as food stalls, face painting and a bouncy castle. See the flyer for more details.

Islington By Bike
On Friday 24 July and Friday 31 July we’re running fully marshalled family-friendly bike rides around the borough. They are free to take part in, but you must sign up in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book here. Here’s a slideshow from a previous ride.
Cycle training for children
There are three courses to choose from:

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

We’re running these at venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

Cycle training for adults
You can do a weekend course, if you are a beginner, or for improvers and advanced cyclists wanting to improve their road skills, book individual training.

Cycle training for families
And to learn how to ride together as a family, you can book a family training session.

The Sky’s the limit
There are also three Sky Rides that start in Islington this summer on Sunday 26 July, Wednesday 30 July and Sunday 27 September. They’re free to take part in.

Big ride on closed roads

The London FreeCycle is a free family-friendly ride on closed roads in central London on Saturday 1 August. If you want to take part, Islington Cyclists’ Action Group is running a feeder ride from Highbury Fields.
Have a great summer!

Best wishes

David Shannon
Cycling officer