Cycle training

We offer cycle training courses to give people the skills and confidence to cycle more often for leisure and work.

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Learn to Ride

If you want to learn how to ride a bike, or need more confidence and wish to learn in a safe, off-road location at your own pace, then this is the course for you.

Our aim is to get you riding without assistance, which is likely to take more than 1 session.  Each session runs for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

We have bicycles and helmets available for hire.

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Confident Road Cycling

This course is aimed at those who can ride a bicycle but want to gain more confidence before taking to the road. You can hire bicycles and helmets if you don't have your own.

The course will improve your cycling abilities and give you the skills and knowledge to share the road safely with other users.

Each course runs for approximately 2 hours.

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Advanced Cycling

For those of you cycling regularly on the road, and wanting to increase your cycle mileage, perhaps by commuting to work in the future. This intensive course will advance your cycling onto busy roads and through complex junctions including roundabouts and multi-lane systems.

Each course runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

Find out more about cycle safety (PDF, 286.5 KB).

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We provide cycle training courses at primary and secondary schools across Kent for children in year 4 and above. Our Bikeability courses give children the skills and confidence to ride a bike safely on the road.

Bikeability courses are booked direct by the school. To get cycle training at your school, please ask the school to book a school course.

For more information on Bikeability email bikeability@kent.gov.uk.

For more information on safe cycling, visit the Kent Road Safety website.

Join our team of cycle instructors

Our instructors are trained to national standard to deliver the Bikeability courses, mainly to schools.

About the course

The courses you will be required to deliver cover:

  • level 1 bike handling skills (off road)
  • levels 2 and 3 riding on the road and in traffic
  • a variety of adult cycle training activities.

Students range in age from children at year 5 to adults.

Training is delivered all year round but summer months are busier than winter months.

Team work and professionalism are important in this role, and you must be a confident and experienced cyclist.

Course availability

Our next instructor courses will be held in Ashford in September 2018 and March 2019.

Please email cycletraining@kent.gov.uk for more information and an application form.

Pay

We offer a ‘casual’ contract starting at £7.85 an hour. This will increase to approximately £8.80 per hour, once you are fully certified. In addition to this you will be paid travelling expenses and holiday pay.

You need to be in a position to offer at least 8 days availability per month.

The amount of work available varies depending on the location and current demand, but we aim provide instructors have the opportunity to work throughout the year as far as possible.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a minimum amount of work. Training is delivered across the county, so your ability and willingness to travel as as necessary is important.