Family cycle skills

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.

If you live, work or study in Islington you are entitled to two free family cycle skills sessions.

We can train you in a family group, made up of at least one adult (aged 18+), and at least one child (aged 5-17). As well as looking at your bike control and road cycling skills, we will teach you how to ride together with your children. Each session can last up to two hours.

Groups with different ages may have very different abilities, and we can only progress from one skill to another when they are mastered by everyone in the group.

If your children are new to cycling, please book a holiday course on our child holiday Bikeability page. Our family training sessions are designed for children who can already ride and control a bike.

Training will begin off road, followed by on-road training if our instructor judges that you have achieved the right level of skill. On-road training is delivered to groups of two (one adult and one child aged 9-17; children aged 5-8 can take part in a family cycle skills session but it will take place off-road).

Every member of the training group (including accompanying adults) should be listed as attendees, which means you have consented to our terms and conditions.

We can loan you bikes and helmets for the training if required (it is council policy that anyone aged under 18 should wear a helmet during cycle training). Please ask your instructor when they first contact you.

If you are interested in booking a family cycle skills session, please complete the form below and an instructor will contact you to confirm the session.

Read terms and conditions here.

Read Islington Council’s privacy notice here.

Read Coordinate SaaS’s privacy policy here.

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.