There are schemes available to learn to ride and to improve your skills and confidence.

Training for children, young people and adults

If it's learning how to cycle, maintaining or training for events, there are plenty of programmes to suit all ages.

Children and young people
  • Balanceability is a programme of accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 2 and a half to 6 years old.
  • Bikeability is the national cycle training programme. It's about gaining practical skills and confidence and understanding how to cycle on today's roads. There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.

In school:

Bikeability cycle training in schools is generally offered in Years 5 and 6. It may be available in other year groups in primary and secondary school. In 2016-17 the cycle training organisations working in schools in Kirklees are:

Bikeability Plus is a suite of 11 additional modules to complement Bikeability training. It aims to address some of the key barriers to more children cycling more often: a lack of parental awareness and support; a lack of access to a bike (or to a working bike); and an inability to ride.

Some of these modules may be offered in schools dependent on funding.

Outside of school

Outside of school hours, community cycling organisations offer training and activities.


CityConnect Cycles offers small group training whether you want to learn to ride, gain confidence on quiet roads, or learn to tackle town and city traffic. Training is available at hubs around West Yorkshire in Huddersfield, Keighley, Saltaire, Leeds, Wakefield and Halifax.

Work with a qualified Bikeability instructor in short sessions learning skills in a traffic-free area and on local roads. There is a level to suit you, and if you don't have a bike you can borrow one.

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Cycle to work and training

There are plenty of schemes and training material to help you get into cycling.

  • Sustrans - the charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.
  • The Work Cycle - a celebration of the cycle to work culture.

Cycle to work scheme

The cycle to work scheme encourages employees to cycle to work and allows employers to reap the benefits of a healthier workforce. The government introduced a tax exemption that allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. This promotes healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution.

Riding on the road

Sources of information to help cyclists stay safe when riding on the road with traffic and to help you keep your bicycle secure.

Volunteer to support more people to cycle

Many local cycling clubs and organisations welcome the help of volunteers to run their activities and events such as organising, marshalling and leading rides.