‘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.