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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.

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?

Interested in training? Check these options:

  • For children and young people, most Bikeability training is run through schools, so please check with your child’s school first. We may also run some sessions in school holidays, so check the Wiltshire Council website and social media or contact us direct via . Bikeability for children is subsidised by the Department for Transport, with just a small charge to parents/carers, depending on the type of course.
  • For adult training, whether as an individual or on  behalf of a group or employer, please contact us via
  • For family groups, free training is available for groups of up to 6 people, with at least one adult over 18 and one child or young person under 18. You do not need to live in the same household or be legally related. Everyone must be able to set off, pedal and stop by themselves. For details, please contact

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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