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Your Questions Answered

We've compiled answers to some of the most common questions asked about Cycle Buddies.

Frequently asked questions

How do I become a Cycle Buddy?

If you want help to cycle more or if you want to help others, sign up to be a Cycle Buddy here.


I want to start cycling more – will Cycle Buddies be right for me?

If you can ride a bike but are a bit worried about riding on your own, if you want some practice or if you want to try a new journey, like going to work, then Cycle Buddies may be right for you.


All we ask is that if you do sign up, you do your best to meet up with your cycle buddy and see how it goes.


I’m not at all confident cycling – will Cycle Buddies be right for me?

If you can ride a bike and have ridden on the road before then Cycle Buddies could be the right choice for you.


If you’re a new or returning rider looking for help we’d expect you to be riding at “Bikeability level 2” – you can see the skills involved here.


If you’re not at all comfortable riding on quiet roads, then we suggest you go to your local council for free cycle training before you start with Cycle Buddies. Find out about free cycle training here.


I want to help others to cycle more – what skills do I need?

If you feel confident riding on the road with another rider, then Cycle Buddies is probably right for you. You don’t need any training (though it is great if you have some!).


To be a helper buddy we’d expect you to be riding at at “Bikeability level 3” – you can see the skills involved here.


If you’re not sure, you can get some free training yourself with your local council - find out about free cycle training here.


What will I be doing if I volunteer to help others learn to cycle more?

When there’s someone in your area who needs help, we’ll match you up and ask you to contact them to arrange a ride and find out what they want to do and where they want to ride.


Some of our new or returning riders want to explore quiet streets locally or plan a longer journey for example to work or to build up confidence doing longer rides for exercise. You can answer their questions about cycling – but we don’t expect you to give training. We’ll send some advice when we match you up.


If your buddy wants to meet again, we’d like you to be free to go on at least three rides together.


What about coronavirus?

Make sure to follow the latest government guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


It is advisable to meet your buddy outdoors and maintain social distance. If you show any coronavirus symptoms, or you are exposed to someone who does, stay at home and self-isolate


If government rules prohibit meeting anyone not in your household for exercise outdoors we’ll let our buddies know.


Is there any advice available on starting or getting back into cycling?

Take a look at the advice pages here.


I’m a female rider and I’d like to ride with another woman.

Let us know when you sign up – there is space on the form to say. Most of our newer cyclists and many of our people who want to help are women, and we’ll be happy to match you up with another woman.


I would like to become a Cycle Buddy but I can’t see a group in my local area.

We have a map of where Cycle Buddies is live now – it covers more than half of London. If you can’t see a scheme in your local area, please sign up to our London-wide list and we will pair you up with a buddy when we are able to.


I signed up some time ago but I haven’t been paired up with a buddy yet.

We aim to match up people looking for help within a week of their signing up. If you’re offering to help it may take longer until we have a buddy in your area looking for help. We’ll let you know when we do.


I enjoyed my buddy rides and I want to cycle more.

We hope you keep on riding your bike. You can find group rides organised by London Cycling Campaign on our website.


Other groups organise rides too, like Joyriders or British Cycling’s Breeze rides for women.


If you would like to be paired with another buddy for more buddy rides let us know.


Can I get more involved with campaigning or other activities that my local group organises?

As well as Cycle Buddies, our borough groups organise local rides and campaign for better provision for cycling.


Get in touch with your local group to find out more.


Still can’t find the information you’re looking for?

How do I sign up?

Whether you want help cycling or to help other people start cycling, you can sign up to be a Cycle Buddy here.