Families given golden opportunity to learn cycling skills from the experts

Families in north Oxfordshire are now able to learn the joys of cycling together, thanks to a new skills programme from British Cycling.

Published: Friday, 14th January 2022

The free initiative is being delivered by leaders who attended the Cherwell District Council funded guide ride training sessions last autumn, establishing a group of people ready to support residents wanting to increase their confidence on two wheels.

Councillor Phil Chapman, Cherwell District Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Sport, said: “Encouraging more people onto their bikes is a priority for the council. Cycling is beneficial for the body and mind. It also offers a zero-carbon way to get around, improving air quality and having a positive impact on climate change. We know from our FAST programme that when families get active together, they’re more likely to stick with it and this new cycling initiative will help young and old gain confidence in the saddle.”

Sessions start this Saturday (15 January) and will continue every third Saturday of the month at Bicester Leisure Centre car park, from 9.30 to 11am. The group classes are suitable for families new to riding or wanting to grow their skills and confidence on their bikes.

Each lesson starts with a skills session, in a traffic free environment. There is then the option to take part in a guided ride-out on a low traffic route around Bicester.

Families who wish to take part can sign up online at www.letsride.co.uk/rides/bicester-family-session. Participants will need to bring their own bike, helmet and refreshments.

The sessions are the most recent of a number of initiatives created from Cherwell’s partnership with British Cycling, providing residents with gold standard opportunities to learn how to ride in a safe and enjoyable way. More information can be found on our sport and leisure webpages.