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Cycle training can help you improve your riding skills, giving you the confidence to cycle safely.

Free Adult Cycle Training

Wiltshire Council have a limited number of free places available for adult cycle training, whether you are a complete beginner, returning to riding after a long break or simply looking to build your skills and confidence riding in traffic.

The sessions consist of up to 2 hours of bespoke tuition with a qualified Bikeability instructor at a time and place to suit you. You are welcome to take part on your own, or with up to 2 other friends or family members of similar cycling ability. (Subject to current Covid restrictions. All participants must be aged 18 or over.) You will need to bring your own cycle and helmet, although we may be able to arrange a loan cycle. Further sessions beyond the initial 2 hours may be available if you wish, but you would need to arrange this privately with the instructor.

To apply please visit the Bikeability Trust website and complete the online self-assessment form. Please enter ‘Wiltshire Council’ as the training provider name and as the provider’s email address. We will then contact you to arrange training.

Wiltshire Council offer Bikeability training at three levels:

Level 1

Usually covered in a traffic-free environment. Anyone completing Level 1 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a traffic free environment.

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Level 2

Covered on quiet roads but with real traffic conditions. Anyone completing Level 2 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school or elsewhere on quiet roads.

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Level 3

Covered on busy roads and incorporating real traffic conditions and advanced road features. Anyone completing Level 3 will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to confidently cycle on busy roads and navigate complex junctions and road features.

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Interested in training?

If you are interested in cycle training there are three options:

  1. For children, Bikeability training is available through schools.
  2. Some large employers also organise cycle training for adults.
  3. Adult cycle training is currently provided free for the first two hours on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Further sessions cost around £25 per hour for one-to-one tuition. Group cycle training can also be arranged.

For information about trainers in your area, please contact us.

Wiltshire Council will use the details you give to provide you with appropriate training and to claim grant funding from the Department for Transport. Details will be shared with your allocated Instructor to enable you to gain the most from your training.


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