Our qualified Instructors offer bespoke cycle lessons to families in Bristol and Greater Swindon, giving parents and carers the tools to cycle safely with children. Each session is tailored to the skill level and goals of the group. We can also offer lessons for up to five people from the same household. To book, fill in our short online form, pay the £5 deposit, 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.
Our family cycle skills sessions are now running, following the lifting of lockdown #3 restrictions.
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1. About our lessons
2. Our instructors
3. Cycling resources
4. Stay in touch
5. Terms and conditions
6. One-to-one adult lessons
7. Train as a cycling instructor
“Alex and Astrid have now cycled to school with me. The session has improved my confidence with them too: Now I know where they should position themselves and where I need to be to help them best. It has made a huge difference. Thank you!” - Chloe
Who can take part?
Our lessons are for groups of up to five people from the same household who live in Bristol or Greater Swindon. At least one member of the group must be over 18. For the rest of the group, there is no minimum or maximum age limit. To take our lessons, all group members must be able to ride a bike continuously for several minutes without wobbling. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can't teach groups with people from different households.
Where do the lessons take place?
You can choose from a variety of ‘meetup points’ across Bristol. Once you have met with your Instructor, you can discuss where to ride, based on your group’s skill level or other goals (e.g. riding with the kids to school or the park).
How much does it cost?
If you live in Bristol, you can take up to three one-hour lessons FREE of charge. You must pay a £5 refundable deposit (per group) when you book. If you live in Swindon and the surrounding area, the lessons are self-funded at £35 per hour-long lesson. After your first session, your instructor will advise you whether you need any more lessons: For example, more experienced riders may only need one lesson to achieve their goals.
What will we learn?
Our lessons help parents/carers and their children to build the skills and confidence to cycle together. The instructor will help everyone in the group and provide specific advice to help parents/carers support their children to cycle. Our lessons are tailored to the group’s skill level and goals. You will follow routes that are appropriate for groups with children. At the beginning of the lesson, your instructor will assess the group’s cycling ability and suggest areas where you need support. We can help with:
• 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.
• Finding the best routes to places you visit regularly/want to cycle to.
What do we need to bring?
You will all need your own 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. Make sure everyone has any medication they need with them and let the instructor know about any relevant health issues on the booking form - and at the start of the session.
Do we need to wear helmets?
Wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement for adults or children so we advise you to do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
What happens if we don’t all have bikes?
In advance of your lesson, adults or taller young people may be able to loan a bike via the Better by Bike scheme. Alternatively, we sell fully refurbished adult bikes (collection from Bristol only). Children’s bikes can be swapped or purchased from the Children’s Bike Exchange at St Paul's Adventure Playground.
Safety during COVID-19
Current Public Health England guidelines state that up to six people from different households can meet outside for exercise, provided they keep at least two meters’ distance from each other at all times. This means one instructor can safely teach up to five people from the same household. After undertaking risk assessments and consulting with our cycling instructors, we are confident that group 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 anyone from your groups feels 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
• Have extensive experience of working with adults and children.
• Hold a First Aid qualification
• Have excellent knowledge of cycling in Bristol.
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.
- 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)
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:
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.