Coronavirus (COVID-19) update.
Our adult 1:1 cycle skills sessions will begin again in August 2020. Sessions will be run with a Covid-safe protocol, which includes:
- Sessions will take place outside and socially-distanced (2 metres)
- We will not lend helmets
- Sessions may be cancelled at short notice
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) please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
(If you have never cycled before or are new to cycling, book onto our adult group cycle skills sessions and 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.). (Please note that these group sessions are not currently available).
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. Each session lasts up to two hours.
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.
Bikes are available for training if required. Please ask your instructor when they first contact you.
Booking an urban or advanced cycle skills session
Please complete the form below and an instructor will contact you to arrange a time and place to meet. These sessions are for people who want to improve their riding on road; if you are a beginner or new starter please book an adult group cycle skills session (beginner or basic).
The Council will use the information you provide for the purpose of managing your application for cycling training sessions.
We will share this information with the assigned cycling Instructor(s) for the purpose of managing the session(s). We may also share the information with Transport for London for the purpose of monitoring the outcomes of the training.
We will always process your information in accordance with the law – for more information on the basis on which we process, use and store your information, please refer to the Council’s privacy notice.