Learning

photographer Anne Glass, image courtesy of Dumchapel Cycle Hub

‘I can’t ride a bike!’ Sound familiar? Or perhaps the old classic ‘I’ve not been on a bike since I was wee’ is something you’ve heard people, or even yourself say!

Riding a bike is a skill. However we believe you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can learn that skill and become a confident cyclist. Whatever is motivating you to get on your bike – commuting, riding with your family, to get fit – Glasgow’s cycling organisations can actively support you to learn to ride and do so locally.

There are three National Standards delivered by qualified Cycle Trainers one-to-one or in groups. Their formats will get you on your bike and turning your pedals right through to confidently riding on busy roads at peak times.

Level 1 teaches basic bike-handling skills in a controlled traffic-free environment.

Level 2 offers you a real cycling experience, learning and practicing manoeuvres and skills on minor routes and cycling planned routes.

Level 3 provides you with the necessary skills to cycle and negotiate on-road journeys by bike in a variety of traffic conditions. Delivered on busier roads it takes into account advanced highway features and layouts, including cycling infrastructure.

All levels are complemented by the Essential Cycling Skills Quick Guide and App.

For children in school years P5 – S2, bikeability is the national cycle training programme giving them the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads. Find out more in cycling to school. And let’s not forget about the wee ones. Let’s get those active travel seeds sown early! Play Together on Pedals offers free year round drop-in sessions for under-5s to gain cycling skills and progress from balance bikes to pedals.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to teach people to ride then take a look at Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Trainer, Cycle Ride Leader, bikeability Instructor and more training courses. Instructors and trainers are vital to teaching future generations to cycle and to choose it as an active travel option.

Learning in Glasgow

  • Alexandra Park Bike Hub

    Kids cycling lessons running throughout the week, check their Facebook page for more details.

  • Bike for Good

    Group and individual on-road and confidence building cycle training sessions for complete beginners and those looking to commute by bike, plus cycle training for staff at companies.

    65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK 539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

  • Drumchapel Cycle Hub

    Skills sessions available at Sunday Kid’s Bike Club, Ladies Monday evening group and the adult group on a Wednesday morning, plus one-to-one cycling instruction.

    Drumchapel Sports Centre, 195b Drumry Road East, Glasgow, G15 8NS

  • Free Wheel North

    A dedicated team of cycle trainers with many years experience in delivering specialist group and individual instruction, teach and encourage people of all ages and abilities to cycle.

    Glasgow Green Cycle Centre, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT The White House, 1641 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 0DZ

  • Glasgow Eco Trust

    Free adult learn to ride sessions providing 1-on-1 learning experience for those new to cycling. Free Play Together On Pedals drop-in sessions.

    Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU

  • On Bikes

    bikeability classes and after school club sessions.

    30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

  • Play Together on Pedals

    Year round free public drop-in sessions across Glasgow where under-5s can gain cycling skills.

  • Soul Riders

    Supporting people to learn to ride for the first time or creating elite SoulRiders.

    4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

  • South West Community Cycles

    Cycling tuition and lessons 1-2-1, group or bespoke depending on ability with a cycle coach.

    Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK

Drumchapel Cycle Hub

Drumchapel Sports Centre, 195b Drumry Road East, Glasgow, G15 8NS

Free Wheel North

Glasgow Green Cycle Centre, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT

Glasgow Eco Trust

Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK

On Bikes

30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

Soul Riders

4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

South West Community Cycles

Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

Free Wheel North

The White House, 1641 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 0DZ

Glasgow Eco Trust

o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU