Interested in FREE cycle training, both traffic free and on-road, to improve your skills and confidence? Want to get out on your bike and improve your health and fitness? The following cycling activities are aimed primarily at employees in businesses along the Comber Greenway, in East Belfast as part of Sustrans' CHIPS programme but we encourage all members of the public to sign up.
Better by Bike
A fully comprehensive 6-week course to get you cycling to work. The course covers choosing a bike, cycle training - including Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Level 3 takes cyclists onto busier roads, maybe your regular commute), bike maintenance, route planning and a guided ride.
- Bike Loan Scheme
Join us for a six week plan to get you from the couch onto the bicycle. If you'd like to cycle to work or for short local journeys but don't feel fit enough or confident enough why not join our six weekly sessions to help build up your fitness and skills - going at your own pace, we're not training for a long distance cycle. This is for you if you can cycle but haven't been out on the bicycle for a while, are worried you couldn't cycle the mile, two miles into town for work or to the shops or want a bit of motivation. We will meet once a week, to go over the training for the rest of the week practicing some basic skills and stretches to start then over to you for the rest of the week. This will be a small, informal group, a bit of run, relaxation and exercise after work. If you'd like to find out more or book a place contact Pamela
- Monday 5 November, 5.30pm to 6.00pm from CS Lewis Square - runs weekly for 6 weeks - book a place for the couch to cycle group
Adult total beginner – or getting back on the saddle after a while
This is a forty five to sixty minute session building confidence and skills to start cycling for adults of any age (as long as there is no medical reason why you cannot cycle – chat to us first if you’re not sure). We have a few bikes that you can borrow for this session. There is a maximum of 4 people in each session.
We do not have any dates booked for this, but if you contact us we will try to arrange a training session that suits you and us - contact about adult total beginner cycle training.
Adult rooky riders – back in the saddle skills session with short bike ride - see group led rides below
This is a one and a half hour session building confidence and skills to get back on the bicycle for adults of any age (as long as there is no medical reason why you cannot cycle – chat to us first if you’re not sure). We have a few bikes that you can borrow for this session. The skills session will be off road, practicing basic skills of stopping and starting and controlling the bike, this will be followed by a short bike ride along the Connswater Greenway. Maximum of 6 people for this session. We do not have any sessions planned at the moment, but if you would like more information or to organise a session for a small group contact us - contact about Adult Rooky Riders session.
Adult Level 1 and 2
Refresher cycle training for adults who want to start using the bike more, for commuting or daily journeys. This training covers a refresher of basic control skills on the bike and then takes you out onto some local quiet roads to practice and build confidence in cycling in light traffic areas (there is a further level you can move onto after this if you wish). The training is a reminder of positioning, control and communication with other road users to keep you safe and happy on your cycle journey.
Ditch the Stabilisers - Training Sessions for Children
Short sessions of up to an hour (some admin and bike check time included in this) to help your children gain confidence and balance to go without stabilisers. We take off the stabilisers and pedals and work with parents and children to practice cycling skills. There is a maximum of 6 children per session, they are great fun and lots of opportunity to practice skills. If you would like to book a place for one of these sessions either email Pamela or Martha or follow the email link below, we will email to confirm your place is booked.
- Saturday 1 December from 10am to 11am - Book ditch the stabiliser
Children’s Level 1 Bikeability National Standards
This is a fun, one and a half hour session (including some admin and bike preparation time) developing skills on the bicycle for those children already able to cycle. Children will have practice moving their bike round obstacles, stopping and starting safely and gaining control and confidence when cycling. Children will also learn how to carry out a quick check on their bikes. This session is open to all ages of children, but would be best for those wishing to develop basic control and skills – and to have fun.
- Saturday 1 December from 11.30am to 12.30pm - Book children's level 1 training
Learn how to fix a puncture and get you home and basic care for your bike. Single sessions
- Saturday 1 December from 11.30am to 12.30pm - Email below to book
Led Group Cycle Rides
Do you want to get out cycling on the Comber (or Connswater) Greenway with some company? Interested in taking part in a leisurely, fun cycle in a small group on mainly traffic free routes. Maybe you don't know how to get onto the Comber Greenway, or all the interesting places it passes by? Route may be subject to change and there is a choice of short or longer cycle rides. If you do not have a bike but would like to take part, let us know and we may be able to organise a bike for you to borrow, dependent on availability. Book here for a place on the cycle ride.
- Saturday 1 December - Santa themed family cycle along the Comber Greenway - 1.45 to 3.30pm - Book Santa Cycle
To book click on links above or email Sustrans Active Travel Officers Martha or Pamela or telephone 028 90738513/ 028 9043 4569