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You may be wondering what a Community Cycle Centre is… In Nottingham, we are lucky to have three Community Cycle Centres at Lenton Abbey Park, Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground and King Edward Park, and we are hoping to develop one at Harvey Hadden Sports Village soon, as well as offering pop ups in other locations around the city.

They are hub locations, often within parks, where there are a collection of bikes to use, and suitable flat training areas for off road and on road training. They are locations chosen specially for good accessibility and often at the heart of their communities. As well as for cycle training, we also use them for points to start guided bike rides, issue bikes through free bike projects, run bike maintenance classes, put on community events, and much more.

We have bikes and helmets available for people to borrow, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bike.

Our Community Cycle Centres in Bulwell Forest, Lenton Abbey and other pop up locations, such as Harvey Hadden are funded by Nottingham City Council, meaning that Nottingham City residents can attend for free. Our fortnightly sessions at King Edward Park are funded by the National Lottery community fund, meaning that they are free for anyone to attend.

Covid-19 safety guidance is in place at all our activities.

Our regular Saturday morning sessions at the cycle centres are:

9-10am- Beginners Families

10:15-11:15am- Beginners Adults

11:30am-12:30pm- Improvers

Some more information about the activities that we run from the cycle centres are:

Beginners Cycling: Regular activity on Saturday Mornings

Beginners cycling sessions are aimed at people with little or no cycling ability, they take you from learning to glide and balance with your bike, to being able to weave through cones and cycle one-handed. The sessions are based on the National standard of cycling Level 1. The community Cycle Centres run two types of beginner sessions. “Family” beginners’ sessions are aimed at families, particularly with children, these can be attended by children from the age of four, and often incorporate games as well as teaching children and parents to ride without the aid of stabilisers. “Adults only” sessions are for people over 18, who are learning to cycle or getting back into cycling and want some practice and guidance. We are very used to teaching adult beginners and cycling is a great thing to learn to do at any age! Our instructors are friendly and patient with all beginners and will work at your own pace.


Improvers Cycling: Regular Activity on Saturday Mornings

Improvers cycling sessions are aimed at people who are already comfortable riding a bike but would like some help cycling on the road. Even if you have been cycling on road before, these sessions are a great opportunity to learn some new tips about road positioning. They are delivered in line with Level 2 of the National standard. They will give you confidence to cycle on the road and safely manoeuvre through junctions. These sessions are suitable for people who have completed our beginner’s session or confident cyclists 8 years old and up (to be accompanied by an adult).

You can find out more about the National standards for cycling here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-standard-for-cycle-training

Dr Bike: On a monthly pop up basis

Dr Bike will service and complete minor repairs on your bicycle for free. If you need major repairs doing, they can also advise you on these. This is handy for if your gears need adjusting, or your brakes are making a funny noise. Dr Bike will help you to get your bike into roadworthy condition.

Bike Maintenance course: On a special event basis

We run beginner bike maintenance courses, so that you can fix your bike yourself! They are on average 3 hours long and cover changing a puncture and adjusting brakes and gears. Your instructor can answer any specific questions you may have, to give you the confidence to take care of your bike.

Guided Bike Rides: On a special event basis

Our guided bike rides are led by qualified instructors. They are great for those who want to learn new routes or prefer to cycle with others. They tend to go at a gentle pace, and last for 1-2hours. These rides are good for people who are hoping to do a little more cycling for exercise, to meet new people and to enjoy new cycling routes around our city. Suitable for people who can confidently ride a bike, over the age of 8 years (children to be accompanied by an adult).

We will also have occasional try out bikes and cycling information activities at events, though this is limited currently due to covid-19.

For more information on our Cycle Centres, please email customerservices@ridewise.org.uk or call us on 0115 955 2288. To book onto a session or to see our schedule please visit https://ridewise.reservio.com - places are by booking only.

Six free cycling sessions for people with disabilities or additional needs.

We are excited to let you know that we have been successful in gaining some funding to provide 20 people with any disability (and their households, of up to 5 people) with up to six one-hour sessions each (which ideally will run each week at the same time).

These sessions can be a great opportunity for you and your family to:

· have some fun

· learn to cycle

· get some exercise

· improve your cycling skills

· try out our different bikes

· go on a bike ride

Our instructors are friendly and patient. We have a wide range of bicycles such as: balance bikes, tricycles, hand cranked bikes, three wheeled recumbents and tandems, so we can create a session that will suit you and your family. Our instructors are confident in showing you how to use our adaptive bikes, from years of delivering our inclusive ‘Cycling for All’ sessions.



We are encouraging you to have your sessions at Harvey Hadden Sports Village cycling track, where will have appropriate bikes and a risk assessed site available. There is a 1km smooth track there, which is a great area for the session. If you are not able to access this location, you can have a chat to us about other locations that might be suitable. Covid-19 safety guidance is in place.


If you are interested in attending, or would like to discuss more about the bikes we have or your personal needs please email customerservices@ridewise.org.uk. Please remember to include number of people hoping to attend, disabilities/additional needs, what you hope to get from the session, bikes/helmets required, preferred location and contact info. You can also book your session through our website: https://www.ridewise.org.uk/bookasession. Please remember places are limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As 2019 draws to a close, we are reflecting on what a fantastic year it has been for the rise of the electric bike. E-bike models are becoming lighter, cheaper and more user friendly. Our friends over at Raleigh have had a massive surge in sales this year, with 75% of their bicycle sales being e-bikes (see the recent Nottingham Post article here: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/top-200-companies-rise-popularity-3485868).

Flo of RideWise says “We have been lucky to secure a Raleigh Modus for use as a staff pool bike through Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service Grant scheme, which has given our staff the chance to give them a try, and we are certainly sold!”


Many of the current models of E-Bike offer ‘pedal assist’, where you still pedal, but the motor helps increase your speed. You can have high, medium or low support, or choose to turn the assist off all together. Current models in the UK are limited to 15 miles per hour for their assisted speed.


This does mean that it will be increasingly important that people using electric bikes feel confident in using them on roads. They have faster starting speeds, which takes some getting used to for all transport users, meaning that using correct road positioning is more important than ever. In 2019, RideWise have delivered E-Bike training to Nottingham City Homes, Imperial Tobacco, Boots, DHL, Siemens, Parexel, The National Ice Arena, HMRC and Nottingham City Council staff and Councillors. Look out for more RideWise E-bike training in 2020.


As a charity who promotes sustainable travel, we are very excited to see the evolution and growth of the E-Bike. They are a great option for those who live a little further away and those who would like that little bit of extra help. Of course, there will always be people who like the purity of being able to pedal uphill completely alone, but we think it’s fantastic to have the choice.


If you’re interested in taking part in some E-Bike training email RideWise customerservices@ridewise.org.uk or call 0115 955 2288 to find out about upcoming sessions.

ABOUT US 

RideWise started in 2001 working within Nottingham communities. We have taught over 20,000 people how to ride a bike. We aim to inspire and enable people to use multimodal transport to improve their health as well as reduce our environmental impact.

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T: 0115 955 2288

E: customerservices@ridewise.org.uk

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