Wheely good cycling courses

As part of the Bicester Healthy New Town Programme residents are being encouraged to become more active travellers this spring and take up or get back to cycling. To help them to do this Cherwell District Council is running Bikeability cycle training sessions for adults this March at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground, Whitelands Way.

Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019

The programme, from the Department of Transport, aims to get adults comfortable, confident and safe in the saddle. It's ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st Century, and the training is ‘outcome’ led with continual assessment rather than a test. It’s fun, confidence building and develops various safety skills and general road awareness for today’s cyclist on today’s roads.

Cllr Barry Wood, leader of the council said: “Cycling is a great way of making exercise a regular part of your day. By delivering cycle training for everyone we hope we can make it possible for all residents to take to two wheels and realise the health benefits.”

“As well as increasing individuals’ activity levels, cycling has the potential to boost the health of the town as a whole, reducing motor traffic, promoting cleaner air and making public spaces more liveable.”

The beginner's course on the 16th March aims to help build confidence and improve balance with tuition taking place wholly off-road. An intermediate course for those who are comfortable with basic riding and are ready to use roads and cycle networks will be held on the 23rd March and the advanced skills course on the 30th March aims to take your skills up a notch so that you can cycle with confidence on roads with more traffic or more complex road layouts.

Places can be booked via Eventbrite, search for “adult+cycle+training+Bicester” or for more information contact angela.smith@cherwell-dc.gov.uk.