Children in Nottinghamshire schools, aged nine and over, are offered cycle training to help them learn to ride a bike safely and with confidence. It is usually free of charge and carried out by trained cycle instructors.
We are running adult cycle training sessions for adults who would like to start cycling or would like to build their confidence and skills to ride a bike safely, enjoyably and comfortably in today's traffic conditions.
Tips for cyclists
Keep your bike in good working order, particularly the brakes, steering and tyres. It is important that it is the correct size for you too.
Always keep a look out for possible hazards. It is best to ride around any obstacles if possible, but try to avoid any sudden, sharp movements.
Look all around before moving off. When changing direction, look behind and if safe, signal clearly before turning.
Be especially careful when leaving a cycle route as most cycle accidents happen when cyclists rejoin moving traffic.
If you are unable to avoid a roundabout or busy junction and are unsure how to tackle it, get off your bike and walk across.
Be safe, be seen. Wear something fluorescent during the day or reflective at night
At night and in poor light make sure your front and rear lights are lit and that your red rear reflector can be seen. It is against the law to cycle at night without lights.
Plan your route ahead, note any possible hazards and think about how you will overcome these.
Always lock your bike, and observe the traffic signs that show when and where cycling is permitted.
When using cycle stands, never obstruct a way used by pedestrians as this can cause particular problems for people with special mobility needs.
Many cycle thefts are opportunistic, so invest in a good quality solid lock and use it every time. Most cable locks can be easily cut.
If your front wheels come off easily, remove the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel, using a second lock if necessary. Take easily removable parts (lights, pump etc) with you.
Ensure your bike is easily identifiable. Make a note of the frame number, model, colour and accessories and take a photograph. Ask your cycle dealer to mark the frame with your postcode and house number. Get your bike insured and if it is stolen report it at once to the police. Taking the above precautions will help them greatly.