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Our qualified Instructors offer one-to-one cycle lessons to adults across the West of England. Each lesson is tailored to your level and moves at your own pace, whether it’s help finding the safest route to work, tips for tackling that tricky junction, or general road skills support – we can help. To book, fill in our short online form and an instructor will be in touch within two working days to arrange a time and date for your lesson. For more information use the menu below to browse our page.
Who can take part?
Our lessons are for adults aged 18+ and you must have a roadworthy bicycle.
Where do the lessons take place?
You can choose from various ‘meetup points’ across the areas we work in. Your instructor will discuss your needs when they call to arrange your lesson date.
We are fortunate that many local councils fund or part-fund adult cycle training, though we do charge a £5 refundable deposit when you book to secure your lesson:
Bristol: FREE of charge, for up to 3 x 1hr lessons
South Gloucestershire: FREE of charge, for up to 3 x 1hr lessons
North Somerset: FREE of charge, for up to 3 x 1hr lessons
Somerset: FREE of charge, for up to 3 x 1hr lessons
BathNES: £35 per 1-hour lesson
If you live in any other area and are happy to come to one of our meetup points the cost is £35 per 1-hour lesson.
What will I learn?
Our lessons help local people build the skills and confidence to cycle to work, local services and visit friends and family. Our lessons are tailored to your skill level and goals. At the beginning of the lesson, your instructor will assess your cycling ability and suggest areas where you need support. We can help with:
- Learning to cycle or returning to cycling after some time.
- General on-road cycling skills such as road positioning, how to manage junctions, and the Highway Code.
- Support with specific situations where you don’t feel confident (e.g. traffic lights or roundabouts).
- Finding the best routes to work or places you visit regularly.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a roadworthy bike and suitable clothing for the weather that day. You will be out for 1 hour and the lesson will usually involve a mixture of gentle riding and standing still, so wrap up warm on cold days - gloves are recommended. On warmer days, bring water, sunglasses, and a visor or hat. Always bring any medication you need with you and make the instructor aware of this (and any relevant health issues) at the start of the lesson.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement so we advise you to do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
What happens if I don’t have a bike?
Safety during COVID-19
Current Public Health England guidelines state that you can meet up to six people from outside your household, provided you keep at least two meters distance from each other at all times. After undertaking risk assessments and consulting with our cycling instructors, we are confident that one-to-one adult lessons are safe for people who are healthy and not in a high-risk group.
If you are unsure whether it is safe for you to cycle, we suggest you follow these guidelines on safe cycling during COVID-19 from Cycling UK. As always, our instructors will be observing strict safe systems of working guidelines for COVID-19. Please do not meet with your instructor if you feel at all unwell. Notify them as soon as possible and they will arrange to postpone until you are feeling better. The Instructor will also postpone the lesson if they themselves are feeling unwell. Your Instructor reserves the right to terminate the session early if they feel it is in any way unsafe to continue.
Our Instructors are qualified to teach adults to the ‘National Standard for Cycling,’ as defined by the Department of Transport. All instructors:
- Are DBS checked
- Hold a First Aid qualification
- Have extensive knowledge of cycling in Bristol, North Somerset, BathNES, South Gloucestershire, or Somerset County
After you book, your instructor will contact you to agree on a time and date for your lesson, discuss your goals and answer any questions you may have. When you meet, your Instructor will be wearing a Life Cycle UK branded blue top and a hi-vis jacket which will hold their ID Badge.
From April 2021 (subject to restrictions) we'll be offering short cycling courses for people who are new or returning to cycling. If you would be interested in hearing more about these courses, please register your interest here.
We have provided some general cycling resources below:
- Starting cycling: the basics (article by British Cycling)
- How to teach an adult to ride a bike (video by Cycling UK)
- A guide to cycling on the road with children (article by Cycling UK)
- Safe cycling during COVID 19 (always up-to-date article by Cycling UK)
Stay in touch
We offer a variety of services to help people get the most out of cycling. This includes selling refurbished bikes and bike servicing. We also offer “inclusive cycling” services to those who need additional support to unlock the benefits of cycling. For the latest Life Cycle updates, special offers, and prizes:
Terms and conditions
If you need to cancel, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice by telephone. You should phone or text your instructor directly to do this. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice (or do not show up), your deposit will not be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule for any reason at any time, although we will always try to give you reasonable notice. In the unlikely event of us having to cancel your lesson will contact you to rebook at a time that suits you – or we will refund your payment in full.
Train as a cycling instructor
We are an accredited 1st4Sport cycle instructor training centre. We offer both Level 2 and Level 3 instructor training, helping new recruits to qualify as cycle instructors (level 2) - plus “train the trainer” courses for those wishing to become instructor trainers themselves (level 3). We teach in small class sizes using expert cycle trainers – and we provide friendly, individualised support every step of the way.
Book a cycling lesson
If you're having trouble filling out the form - or you have a question that wasn't answered on this page - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise please fill out this form to request a cycle lesson. Please note, you cannot book by email.