Celebrating Cycling – Training – celebrating cycling, cycling in lancaster, lancaster cycling, lancaster city council


Most people would benefit from cycle training no matter what their age or ability.

Perhaps you haven’t have ridden a bike for a while and need some encouragement, maybe you’ve never cycled or perhaps you’re a regular cyclist who’d like to develop their skills further.

Below you will find a list of the options available but if you’re in doubt then please email us at celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk to discuss your requirements.

  • Free Cycle Commuting to Work Courses

  • Learn to cycle sessions

  • Cycle Maintenance Courses 

  • Passport to Safer Cycling

  • Child Cycle Training
  • Meet our Instructors

  • Becoming an Instructor                   

 *Download a copy of our latest cycling leaflet: Cycle Training 2009 (pdf)

Free Cycle Commuting to Work Courses

People in Lancashire who are thinking of taking up cycling are invited to sign up for a two-hour course where they will be able to brush up on their bike riding skills.

The courses are part of a pilot programme to find out whether providing commuter cycle courses in Lancashire will encourage people who usually travel by car to work, college and training to ‘get on their bikes’.

See the attached leaflet to found out more information or email sustainabletravel@lancashire.gov.uk

  • Free Cycle Commuting to Work Leaflet (1.92 MB, Acrobat PDF


Learn to cycle sessions – Children’s Holiday Activity Programmes

 Our holiday activity programme provides hundreds of exciting activities for young people aged 4 to16 during the school holidays.

 Each programme is packed with exciting art, sport and history activities at extremely affordable prices to make them accessible for all. Our sessions are run by trained professionals and have limited places to ensure that they are run in a safe manner.

 Many of our activities prove to be highly popular and sell out fast (especially our FREE activities) so early booking is essential. 

 For more information on Learn to cycle sessions please click here to download the Easter Holiday activity programme.

Cycle Maintenance Training

Can you ride a bike but can’t fix a puncture?

Unsure about how gears work?

Then why not come along to one of Pedal Power’s maintenance classes to help you get the most out of your bike. Courses are offered at the following levels:

Introduction to Maintenance (M1) lubrication, brake pads, gears, punctures

Basic Maintenance(M2)basic rebuilding, fitting brake & gear wires, indexing

Advanced Maintenance(M3)wheel truing, headsets, hubs, bottom brackets

Courses usually start at 10am on Saturdays at Pedal Power HQ, Ridge Square and last around 3 hours. Please call Pedal Power to book on 01524 65328 or email pedalpower@furniturematters.org.uk

See also Saturday Surgeries on the Bike Maintenance page

Passport to Safer Cycling

Cycling is a great way to keep fit and is kind to the environment, but it’s important that you know how to stay safe before you get on your bike.

Lancashire County Council provides Passport to Safer Cycling and Bikeability training in schools across the County which aim to help children become safer, more confident cyclists.

For more information click here

Child Cycle Training

Through the Celebrating Cycling project (and thanks to a DfT grant)cycle training to theNational Standardis being offered to all pupils at schools in the Lancaster District. This training ensures that pupils have the right skills and confidence to ride on local roads.

These schools are the first in Lancashire to take part in Bikeability – ‘cycling proficiency for the 21st century’. Bikeability is a brand new cycling award scheme which before long will have thousands of children whizzing about on their bikes and pedalling their way to success.

Visitwww.bikeability.org.ukfor more information or click here

During the school holidays we offer child cycle skills sessions through Lancaster City Council’s Holiday Activity Programme. For more information visit our What’s On pages. As part of this programme we offer our popular Learn to Cycle sessions These are aimed at children aged 4 yrs upwards who cannot yet cycle for more information click here

Almost 2,000 children have now taken part in Bikeability locally (Nov 2010)


Becoming an Instructor

To become an accredited instructor you must undertake the National Standard training. This training is only provided at approved instructor training centres (approved by the CTC as the national accreditation body for cycle training in the UK). The course is four days long, and within six months of completion of the course two further assessments of the trainee instructor actually working.

Click here for more information on instructor training plus a list of accredited providers.

For enquiries about any aspect of cycle training or wider cycling issues please contact the National Cycle Training Helpline on:

Tel: 0870 607 0415 (office hours)