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Bikeability cycle training

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Cycling people

Nationally accredited road cycle course ensures that cyclists are competent and confident to ride on road.

Bikeability cycle training

Cycling training ensures a level of competency in cyclists when cycling on roads. Training offered by the Council uses instructors that are accredited to National Standards and work to a course which focuses on cyclists where they can see and be seen.

The council is working to:

  • nurture a culture of well-maintained/roadworthy bikes in Luton
  • instil a feeling of confidence and safety for cycle users in Luton
  • consistently demonstrate correct cycling position and ways of communicating to other road users
  • to increase the number of people using cycles confidently and regularly in and around Luton
  • to increase the number of people using cycles confidently and regularly in and around Luton

Because the National Standards are so versatile we are able to offer three different types of courses: 

  • complete beginner course - This is aimed at any age group who has never cycled or have not cycled in a long time, and would like to learn. We would start off in an off-road location where there would be plenty of room away from any obstacles.
  • introduction to road riding - This course is aimed at anyone aged 9 years and over and builds on the knowledge of rider. We start off in an off-road location where we can teach control skills such as signalling with out wobbling. Once every one is happy and comfortable with this we move on to quiet residential roads where we can teach road position and how to deal with parked cars. Then again as confidence builds we move on to different situations always building on the last practice.
  • advanced course - This is aimed at cyclists who are confident on the road and would like to build on the experience they already have. We can start at any point on the syllabus and focus on any aspect that the trainee would like to learn new skills for, such as roundabouts or multilane roads.

Cycle training for schools

We offer Introduction to Road Riding courses to all schools in Luton - aimed at pupils of nine years and above. We start by teaching control skills in an off-road environment and then, once everyone is competent to control their cycle, we move on to quiet residential roads where we can teach road positioning, right of way and how to deal with other road users, using a logical, confidence building framework.

For more information about cycle training for children please contact our cycle training team on 01582 547153.

Cycle training for adults

I’ve cycled for years, why would I want training?

  • update skills for newer traffic conditions - different concepts of cycling in traffic
  • give out a consistent message from all cyclists to other road users about road position and general cyclist behaviour
  • to understand what cycle training is given in order to tell other cyclists and be able to talk knowledgably to others and pass on ideas during group rides etc
  • to give detailed feedback to Luton Borough Council about particular cycle routes cycled during training
  • to help promote cycling and cycle training - more cycle journeys, more people observing cycle training in action on the streets
  • details of training - some things covered at advanced level - eg filtering, roundabouts

All the courses we offer are based on confidence building. Our instructors will only move on to the next part of the course when you are ready to. You are in control of the pace, if there are any parts that you want more time spent on than others - it is up to you.


 Contact information

Cycle training project officer
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547153
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