Mayor launches first online cycle training course

A new online training course has been launched to give more Londoners the confidence to start cycling.

The Cycle Skills course, which is available on the TfL website, caters for riders of all abilities, from new cyclists to those who want to brush up on their skills after a long break.

The course follows Bikeability National Standards and consists of four modules, also covering issues such as pre-ride checks and riding with children.

The four modules comprise:

  • Get ready to ride: guidance for pre-ride checks to your bike’s tyre air pressure, brakes and chain, along with tips for basic control and handling 
  • First time on the road: practical advice for how to start cycling on the roads safely and responsibly while avoiding potential hazards
  • On the road again: confidence-boosting tips for people looking to return to cycling after a long break, covering how to share the road safely and communicate with other road users
  • Cycling with children: guidance for cycling safely with children and in a group 

Everyone who completes the four training modules will be sent a free Santander Cycles 24-hour access code, enabling them to start putting the skills they’ve learnt into practice.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “I’m determined to do all I can to ensure a green recovery for our city by building on Londoners’ record-breaking demand for cycling over the past few months. 

“I am proud that we are rapidly rolling out more space for walking and cycling and upgrading cycle routes to make them safer. 

“But we also need to equip people with the confidence and skills they need to cycle in our city, so I’m delighted to launch the first online cycle training course for Londoners.”

23 July 2020