Moving to secondary school is a great opportunity for young people in Islington to begin travelling independently over longer distances. All of Islington’s secondary schools are accessible by cycle, and have covered cycle parking for pupils to use. Here’s how you can increase your confidence and skills on the road.
This summer, we’re offering free Independent cycle skills sessions for young people who are moving from Year 6 to Year 7. These sessions can also be booked for anyone who already attends a secondary school in the borough and is considering taking up cycling to school.
Independent cycle skills sessions are two hours long, and anyone who studies in Islington qualifies for two sessions. They work best in small groups and up to four young people can take part. You will be accompanied by two of our qualified cycling instructors, and you will not need to bring an adult along with you. Alternatively, you can book a solo session (but you would need to bring a parent/carer or other family member aged 18+ with you).
- 2-4 young people aged 11-17
- 1-2 young people aged 11-17 with an 18+ adult also cycling.
Note: We can’t train young people aged under 18 as individuals without an adult present.
These sessions go far beyond the skills taught in a Bikeability Level 2 course, and can include:
- Route planning and use of cycle infrastructure
- Roundabouts and traffic lights
- Cycling on roads used by buses and HGVs
- Passing queuing traffic
It helps if you are already a confident cyclist or have taken a Bikeability Level 2 course, but this is not required. Whatever your confidence and skill level, these sessions all begin with a quick, off-road skills check, before moving on to local roads.
Every member of the group (including an accompanying adult, if required) 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 needed. Note: it is council policy that anyone aged under 18 wears a helmet while training. Please ask your instructor when they first contact you.
If you are interested in booking an Independent cycle skills session, please ask your parent/carer to complete the form below and an instructor will contact you to confirm the session. These sessions MUST be booked by a parent or carer aged 18+, even if they will not be attending.
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.