Free Cycle Training

Bikeability

Free Cycle Training 

Hounslow Council offers free Bikeability cycle training to all residents, employees and students within the borough.

Bikeability is the Government-recognised national standard for cycle safety, aiming to improve cycle skills for all. Our adult cycle training is delivered by accredited instructors from Bikeworks and there are a range of courses on offer to suit all ages and abilities.

We offer several different levels depending on your needs: 

Level 1 training: For those who can balance and pedal, level 1 training will allow you to work on skills such as signaling, braking and manoeuvring. This is based in a traffic free area to build up your confidence before going out on roads for the first time.

Level 2 training: Aimed at those who have a little road-riding experience and want to improve their confidence and safety. We begin on quiet roads, and progress to busier areas as suited to the group

Level 3 training: Suitable for more confident cyclists, our advanced training occurs on busier roads to help you safely tackle more complex features such as roundabouts and multi-lane junctions.

Adult Group Cycle Training 

Build confidence to cycle as a group with our Group cycle training sessions. Our qualified instructors will show you how to cycle as a group in Lampton park and Hounslow quiet roads. Training is suitable for regular cyclists looking to brush up on advanced skills, cycle as a group and meet like minded people.

Every Saturday at Lampton Park and Hanworth Park

Every Tuesday at Convent Way

Every Thursday at Osterley park

No need to book, first come first serve basis. Our instructors will register you on arrival. Don’t be late as spaces are limited!

Check out timings and details on the Bikeworks website

1 to 1 Adult Cycle Training 

Whether you're a complete beginner who feels nervous of going on roads safely, or a regular cyclist who's looking to brush up on advanced skills, our qualified instructors will tailor the cycle training session to suit you. Sessions can also include planning and riding a safe route to work/school. Available to those who live, work or study in Hounslow.

  • Book up to 2 x free 2-hour sessions
  • You must be 16 years of age or above
  • Session delivered on a 1 rider to 1 instructor ratio
  • Bikes and helmets available to borrow free of charge
  • Refundable booking charge of a £5 deposit

Locations

  • Lampton Park Cycling Hub in Lampton Park, Bulstrode Avenue entrance, TW3 4LD. Cycles available to borrow. 
  • Hanworth Cycling Hub in Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre & Library, Feltham TW13 5EG. Cycles available to borrow.
  • Flexible Location - Our instructors can arrange to meet you at a preferred site in Hounslow, which they consider appropriate for cycle training. Cycles not available to borrow. 

Register for adult cycle training 

For more information or to book a place, visit the website.

Children's Cycle Training 

Our children's cycle training courses follow the National Standard Bikeability Training (the new Cycling Proficiency). Free Bikeability Level 1 & 2 cycle training is offered to your child when they are in Year 6. This is typically booked via your child’s primary school. If your child missed out on cycle training in school, we also offer cycle training courses during school holidays. Please see details of the latest courses below. We typically run Lean to Ride and Bikeability Level 1 & 2 sessions. Please note, for these holiday courses there is usually a small subsidised cost.

There are different cycling courses available based on your child’s ability and age. Levels explained below:

  • Learn to Ride – Suitable for children who cannot ride a bike. This course will develop balance, improve co-ordination, gain confidence and how to ride safely. Takes place off-road with an experienced instructor.
  • Level 1 & 2 – Suitable for children 9 years +. Children must be able to cycle for this course. It develops children’s handling and control of the bike, boosts confidence and refines skills at their own pace. Riders will then be taken onto quiet roads and simple junctions, to develop rider’s skills and confidence on road, preparing them for cycling on more complex, busier roads.
  • Level 3 – Suitable for children 11 year +. Children must be able to cycle confidently for this training. Riders will develop skills for more challenging road and traffic situations; busier streets and multi-lane traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts, queuing traffic, as well as planning a bespoke safe route to school/home.

For more information on children's courses, please email [email protected]

Trying to teach your child how to ride a bike? HSBC's Ready Set Ride is a useful interactive website and mobile app to help parents teach their children how to ride a bike through fun games and activities. Watch their video guides

Hanworth Walking & Cycling Activities for Young People

Run by Sustrans to deliver walking and cycling activities from Hanworth Park Cycling Hub which will support the physical and mental wellbeing and offer young people to gain skills for employment. As part of the project we will be looking to hire a local young person as a project assistant. Over the summer programme Sustrans will be delivering the following activities as well as training and mentoring young people to support with the delivery of these activities:

  • Dr Bikes – Drop in sessions were people can have simple faults on their bikes fixed free of charge
  • Bike Rides
  • Walks
  • Mindfulness walks
  • Learn to cycle and cycle skills sessions
  • Bulb planting walks
  • Disco and Smoothie Bike Sessions

Book onto one of these sessions, please go to: https://sustrans-hanworth.eventbrite.co.uk 

TfL's Free Online Cycle Skills Course

Whether you're new to cycling or just want to brush up on your skills, TfL's free online Cycle Skills course provides easy to follow tips and advice to get you going. There are four short modules to try. 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.

You'll learn:

  1. Tips to get you and your cycle prepared for the road
  2. How to start cycling on the road safely and responsibly
  3. Tips to brush up on your cycling skills
  4. How to cycle in a group with children or adults

What are you waiting for?  register now