More free learn-to-ride sessions for would-be cyclists

By Swindon Link - 14 July 2023

Clubs & ActivitiesFitness

Link cycling correspondent Becky Cox details the latest moves bringing riding to all.

Over the last few months Swindon Cycle Campaign has helped over 100 adults and children learn to cycle and develop confidence on two (or more) wheels.

We are running our final free event for children and adults on Monday 14 August. So far, the feedback has been extremely positive:

“Both my girls (age 7 and 4) learnt to cycle without stabilisers within about 2mins, the guy with them today was fantastic! Thank you soo much for hosting this event!”

“Brilliant initiative. My 4yo was a confident balance bike rider but had not ridden a pedal bike confidently. Within 10 minutes of arriving he was riding completely independently. Excellent teachers and just having a safe, smooth area for them in the company of others achieving the same thing gave him the boost he needed, thank you!”

Owing to the huge and continued demand for children’s Learn to Cycle sessions, we have also managed to secure some extra funding to organise further free training sessions during the summer holidays.

These sessions will be run by expert local cycle coaches Paul Ashman and Jen Purcell, who will provide all the support your child needs to get them going on two wheels. They are 1.5 hours and extra support can be arranged afterwards if needed.

Learn to Cycle sessions are targeted at children of pre-school and primary school age who are unable to cycle independently, without stabilisers. Cycle confidence sessions are also available for children who can cycle independently; these focus on skills such as stopping, starting and manoeuvring.

The dates of the free children’s sessions are below and booking is required to secure your place:

Children’s Learn to Ride: 14/08/23, 15/08/23 and 16/08/23

Children’s Cycle Confidence/Skills: 15/08/23 and 16/08/23

Eventbrite booking link:

For any children requiring Bikeability training (formerly Cycling Proficiency), Life Cycle UK will be running free courses during the summer holidays. You can join the waiting list for training or check back in early July for dates: Swindon Holiday Courses | Life Cycle UK

In addition to these sessions, a limited number of private one-to-one sessions and group sessions are available. For further enquiries please contact [email protected] or phone 0750 8038670.  This is a voluntary position so the response may not be immediate.

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