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Riding courses

From complete beginners to experienced cyclists, we’ve got a course for everyone – even professional drivers who want to get more cycle-aware. Learn to ride, build your road confidence, and learn how to ride safely as a family.

Cycle training

Free complete beginner course

If you cannot ride a bike, this one hour group session is for you! Our instructors will:​

  • Introduce you to bike and safety equipment

  • Teach you how to mount, pedal and stop the bike

  • Show you how to control a bike in large open spaces

Once you've mastered these skills you'll be ready to progress to the next level to further build your confidence.  Sessions are open to those over the age of 12 when accompanied by an adult or 16 when unaccompanied.​ Run by a qualified instructor, you'll be in a small group with people of similar ability.​ We provide a bike but you can bring your own if you prefer and wear whatever you feel comfortable to cycle in. ​Sessions are held across Greater Manchester. 

Free confidence builder course

If you can ride a bike a little bit but would like to develop your confidence and skills in readiness for doing more riding, this two hour group session is for you! Our instructors will:

  • Develop your ability to control the bike, especially in more public spaces

  • Show you how to use signals when turning corners

  • Improve your ability to ride with others

Once you've mastered these skills you'll be ready to progress to the next level and begin to learn about riding on quiet roads. 

Sessions are open to those over the age of 12 when accompanied by an adult or 16 when unaccompanied.​ Run by a qualified instructor, you'll be in a small group with people of similar ability.​ We provide a bike but you can bring your own if you prefer and wear whatever you feel comfortable to cycle in. ​Sessions are held across Greater Manchester. 

Chaomsky
learns to ride

It's never too late to learn to ride a bike

“When I got my balance it was the best thing ever!” Listen to Chaomsky talk about her experience at a ‘Learn to Ride’ course.

Free cycle training using quiet roads

Build your confidence cycling on quiet roads in Greater Manchester

This is for you if you can ride off the road but want to learn the skills needed to ride alongside traffic and with other road users. Sessions are open to those over the age of 12 when accompanied by an adult or 16 when unaccompanied.

Run by a qualified instructor, you'll be in a small group with people of similar ability. You'll start in a traffic-free area, before putting your new skills into practice on quiet roads.

You'll learn how make short road journeys safely and gain the confidence to ride in traffic.

We provide a bike but you can bring your own if you prefer and wear whatever you feel comfortable to cycle in. Sessions are held across Greater Manchester. Each session lasts two hours.

Book a free one to one session

Building confidence for riding alongside traffic

This is for you if you already cycle but would like to build more confidence riding alongside traffic.

Sessions are open to those over the age of 12 when accompanied by an adult or 16 when unaccompanied.

You'll learn how to plan a route, communicate with other road-users, take the safest position on the road and anticipate others' behaviour to ride confidently in busy traffic. If you're still a novice rider, you'll learn bike-control and skills in a quiet area first.

With one-to-one coaching from an expert instructor, you'll get personal support to learn the skills to get out on the road. We will meet you at a place of your choice, during the day or evening, and put you through real-life road riding situations.

You’ll need to bring your own bike and wear whatever you feel comfortable cycling in. Wherever you choose within Greater Manchester. Each session lasts two hours.

There's also one-to-one training available for those wishing to try out a Cargo bike. These sessions can be tailored to help you to become confident handling a Cargo bike.

Free family confidence training

Learn how to ride safely as a group

Our bespoke family training provides guidance on how to safely cycle as a family group on the road. We will teach confident adults how to lead a journey and how children should ride within the group. If you are not confident on the roads yourself, please consider attending a Road Rider Ready session or request a 1-2-1 training session prior to this.

Sessions are open to all ages, but children must be able to cycle and control their bikes confidently. If you are interested in a course, simply register and one of our instructors will be in touch. The first session will then work with the adults to learn the principles, ahead of a subsequent session bringing the children into the group.

Sessions will be designed to suit you, including taking place at a time and location of your choice.

All participants will need their own roadworthy bike and can wear whatever they feel comfortable cycling in. The sessions are delivered close to your home, or a place which is convenient. Each session lasts two hours.

Maintenance courses

Learn how to fix your bike, from brakes and punctures to more advanced repairs. Keep your bike in shape and keep riding.

Basic maintenance

A hands-on session to give you the skills to keep your bike in check.

This training is for you if you would like to learn how to look after your bike and carry out simple maintenance.

You will learn:

  • About the parts of your bike and what they do

  • What to check before you ride

  • How to adjust the saddle, handlebars, brakes and gears

  • How to mend punctures

Led by a bike maintenance expert, you'll be in a small group with other beginners in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. It's a hands-on session which will give you the confidence and skills to keep your bike on the move.

It's best to bring your own bike to work on, but we can lend you one if necessary.

The sessions last two hours and are held across Greater Manchester. The basic maintenance course is provided at the subsidised cost of £5.

Intermediate Maintenance

Want to up your bike maintenance game?

This course is for you if you have a basic knowledge of bike maintenance, but want to extend your skills to take on more complex tasks and save money on repairs.

The intermediate maintenance course is provided at the subsidised cost of £25.

You will learn how to:

  • Adjust your brakes

  • Adjust and index gears

  • Inspect and replace cables

  • Check and maintain your chain

  • Carry out routine servicing

Led by a cycle maintenance expert, you'll be in a small group with others of similar experience in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. It's an intensive hands-on session which will give you the confidence and skills to keep your bike in top condition.

It's best to bring your own bike to work on, but we can lend you one if necessary.

The sessions last six hours and are held across Greater Manchester.

Women only maintenance courses

We also have bike maintenance courses that are only available to women.

Woman fixing a bike at women's only maintenance class

Women only basic maintenance course

Close up of a woman fixing bike pedals at a women's only maintenance course

Women only intermediate courses

Safe urban driving for LGV and PCV drivers

For professional drivers who want to be more aware of people on bikes

This course is for you if you're a professional driver who wants to understand, and be more aware of, cyclists.

Through a mixture of conventional training, and by riding a bike out on the road, you will learn:

  • Awareness of risks to vulnerable road users

  • How to assess dangerous situations and avoid accidents

  • How to use your mirrors and avoid blind spots

  • Highway code rules

  • About the best lighting and reflective material

This full-day session, run by qualified instructors, gives you the skills and awareness to be safe in traffic, around bikes and other vulnerable road users, and to experience the road from a cyclist's point-of-view.

The course is accredited by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) and the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), and can contribute to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

We provide a bike but you can bring your own if you prefer and wear clothes you’ll be comfortable cycling in. The training sessions are a full day long and take place in Openshaw, Manchester.

Buying, borrowing & renting bikes

If you don't have access to a bike, TfGM can help you get started.

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