Essential Cycling Skills

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Essential Cycling Skills are 2.5-hour practical training modules for anyone who wants to develop their confidence on a bicycle.

There are three distinct modules, depending on your experience.

  • Absolute beginners

This session is for people who have always wanted to cycle but never had the chance.  Our instructors will help you develop balance on two wheels before introducing pedalling.

  • Introduction to on-road

This session is for anyone who enjoys cycling on paths but is nervous about going on the road.  Our instructors will introduce you to on-road cycling in a range of quiet locations and simple road layouts.

  • Advanced on-road

This session is for people preparing to ride on busier roads.   Our instructors will cover more complex junctions, route planning, and provide tips on roadside repairs.




Minimum Age


What skills do I need?

You don’t need any specific skills other than the desire to be more confident on your bicycle.

How long does it take?

This is usually a 2.5-hour session.

What will I need?

Bikes and helmets can be provided if required. However, it is recommended you use your own bike (including ebikes) if you have one.

What will it cost?

Please contact your nearest provider for details.  Some providers are funded to deliver courses for free, whilst some will have a charge

What's next?

Once you have completed Essential Cycling Skills you should have improved confidence to start travelling by bike.

Course Dates

DateCourse TypeCourse Title & InstructorLocationLocal AuthorityCapacity & Availability£ CostBook
DateTue 24th May 2022Course TypeEssential Cycling Skills Course Title & InstructorYCSA (Private)
Gail Murray
65 Haugh road, Glasgow
Local AuthorityGlasgow CityCapacityCapacity 8
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DateWed 25th May 2022Course TypeEssential Cycling Skills Course Title & InstructorEssential Cycling Skills (Private)
Norbert Boros
LocationDental Practice car park
120 Roods, Kirriemuir
Local AuthorityAngusCapacityCapacity 6
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DateThu 2nd Jun 2022Course TypeEssential Cycling Skills Course Title & InstructorLeverndale ECS Course (Private)
Alasdair Ness
LocationLeverndale Hospital
510 Crookston Road, Glasgow
Local AuthorityGlasgow CityCapacityCapacity 6
Places Left 6