Free training from your local council

Cycle training can boost your confidence as well as teaching you to be safe Credit: Alix Stredwick

All London boroughs offer free or subsidised cycle training. The TfL website gives contact details.

Contact the council in the area where you live and where you work or study to find where you can get the best deal.

Some trainers will come to your home or workplace, and many will provide a bike too.

Local LCC groups organise free rides and provide a welcoming environment for new cyclists.

Case Study: Wandsworth

If you live, work or school in Wandsworth borough, you're eligible for free cycle training from qualified instructors.

You'll need to own, borrow or hire (the council can help you with this) a bike. Training for adults is on Saturdays and is one on one with the instructor.

The instructor comes to you, and will take beginners to a nearby park. When they're confident you're ready, they'll take you on to quiet roads nearby.

You're eligible for as many free lessons as are required to take you up to an agreed standard of safe riding.