If you’re considering starting to cycle you may find these videos helpful (produced by the Bikeability Trust and our neighbouring boroughs). Islington Council is not responsible for the content of external links.

Prepare for cycling:

Starting and stopping on-road journeys:

Passing parked vehicles:

Passing side roads:

Turning left into side roads:

Turning right out of side roads:

Turning left out of side roads:

Turning right into side roads:

Here’s some guidance if you are an adult beginner:

Riding near pedestrians:

Riding on narrow streets or through ‘pinch points’:

Riding outside the ‘door zone’ of parked cars:

Make eye contact, give yourself space and ride with caution:

Finally, how to check your bike is safe to ride:

Cycle skills online

TfL have created four short online modules that support our Cycle Skills sessions. If you complete them you’ll learn a little more about being an effective cyclist and gain a free 24 hour pass for the TfL Santander cycle hire scheme. And if you complete all four modules, you’ll receive a unique 15% discount code so you can save on Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks and helmets.