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.
- 1 Nov - 13 Dec 5.30pm - 7.30pm
- 15 Jan - 19 Feb 10am - 12 noon
Cycle Training for adults and children
Free cycle training, moving from a basic skills refresher to building confidence and feeling safer cycling with traffic, on quieter roads. Cycle training is subject to numbers and weather conditions and if necessary customers will be offered an alternative date.
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.
- Thursday 18 October from 2 pm to 3.30 pm – Book adult beginner session.
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.
- Saturday 13 October from 11.30 am to 1 pm - book 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.
- Thursday 18/10/18 - from 4 pm to 6 pm – Book Adult level 1 and 2 training
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.
Age 3 – 4 years
- Saturday 29 September from 1 pm to 2 pm - Book ditch the stabiliser
- Thursday 1 November from 10.30am to 11.30 am - Book ditch the stabiliser
Age 5 – 7 years
- Saturday 29 September from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm - Book ditch the stabiliser
- Thursday 1 November from 12 noon to 1 pm - Book ditch the stabiliser
Ages 4 + years
- Saturday 13 October from 10 am to 11 am - 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.
- Thursday 1 November from 1.30 to 3pm – 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 13 October from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm - Book Bike Maintenance
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 29 September from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm - Book Led Group Cycle
- Saturday 13 October, this is part of the Rooky Riders session, starting with skills refresher on the square and then a short cycle along the Connswater Greenway - the whole session runs from 11.30 am to 1pm - Book Rooky riders session.
Family Cycle Training - (available on request)
Do you think your child (age 10 years or more) or parent could do with some basic or on road cycle skills training?
Would you like to take part in some fun training with your parent/child, practising cycle skills in a traffic free area and then on local roads?
Then this is for you: free level 1 and 2 National Standards cycle training for adults, practical, skills based training, so you can watch and then practise, building on learning with no test at the end. The training takes you through some fun activities covering basic skills to practise on local roads, learning about position on the road and communication with other road users, all helping to make you a more confident and safer cyclist. Training takes place over two sessions, two hours long, session A must be completed first.
Cycle to work from Comber with company along the Comber Greenway to C.S. Lewis Square, in east Belfast. Join the Bike Bus from Billy Neill playing fields at Comber or join us en route. Register from 7.15am at Billy Neill, leaving at 7.30am. Next Bike Bus to be confirmed.