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CPD courses: Teaching adults to learn to ride/Bikeability Refresher course

Teaching adults to ride a bike for the first time

For further information contact Pedal Ready

This course is aimed at National Standards Instructors who want to work on the technique for teaching adults who cannot ride. The course will include both theoretical and practical elements and so it is essential that participants have a bike (to get to practical venue – if this is a problem give us a ring) and clothing suitable for poor weather.

Aims: To give participants an opportunity to discuss how adults learn to ride and to deliver a session to each other.

Objectives: By the end of the course, participants should have had an opportunity:

  1. to discuss the barriers adults face when trying to learn to ride a bike for the first time.
  2. to look at how a trainer can help the learner to overcome those barriers.
  3. to practice delivering a learn to ride training session to other course participants.
  4. to consider risk assessment on a learn to ride session.

The session will start in the classroom to look at and discuss the theoretical issues. We will then ride to a venue to practice delivering the practical session. We will finish off with feedback from the practical session.

You will need to bring

  • A bike
  • Packed lunch (or buy from local shop)
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Basic tools you might need for bike adjustments (There will be tools available if you are not sure what to bring)

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided

Cost £50

Bikeability Refresher course including snaking people

This mainly practical course will give instructors an opportunity to deliver level 2 outcomes and obtain feedback on their delivery. It will be an opportunity to reflect on good practice and is aimed at instructors who did their NSI course some time ago or who have not had much opportunity to deliver Bikeability.

The course will also involve a look at the principles of snaking and give participants the opportunity to practice snaking a group around.

Cost £60

Date: Contact Pedal Ready if you are interested in this course on 0114 2412775

Learn to ride in winter/spring 2017

Was learning how to cycle your goal for the summer or have you always wanted to be able to? Cycling is a great way to help you keep healthy and almost anyone can do it.

Our co-operative of friendly trainers have helped new cyclists of all ages take that first step into the saddle. Even the most nervous beginners will be surprised at how easily they can pick up the basics and start to pedal around under their own steam.

Learn to Ride sessions are free to those who live and work in Sheffield. Book now to start your cycling adventure.

Learn to Ride sessions in Sheffield

Book a timeslot by contacting Pedal Ready on (0114) 2412775 or

Mondays: Darnall, High Hazels Park 10am-12pm (women only)  Westfield Sports centre 3-6pm

Tuesdays: North of the Botanical Gardens S10 (INDOORS) 5-8pm

Wednesdays: Sharrow  – will start again after Easter

Thursdays: Hillsborough 10am-12.30am (Not during the school summer holidays – contact office for alternative venues); High Green (INDOORS) 9:30 to 11.30 am

Friday: Burngreave 9-10.30am (women only)

Sunday: Northern General Hospital 9:30am-12:30pm

Cycle with confidence in winter/spring 2017

Would you like to practise your cycling in a safe traffic-free environment? Cycle Confidence is here to help you develop your skills as part of a group of like-minded cyclists and friendly trainers.

Running as a weekly two and a half hour session (in six week blocks) Cycle Confidence supports improving cyclists as they get more familiar with cycle basics and start to apply their skills to complete short journeys around the venue (usually a park) while gently building up their fitness. It may be possible to join a six week course (at Endcliffe Park) after the start date. Contact the Pedal Ready office – see below.

Cycle Confidence courses are free to those who live or work in Sheffield. Bikes are provided. Book now to join sessions in your area!

Cycle Confidence courses in Sheffield

Book sessions by contacting (0114) 2412775 or

Mondays: Darnall, High Hazels Park (women only) 10 am-12 midday

Tuesdays: Hunters Bar, Endcliffe Park 10am-12.30pm sessions. Next six week course starts:14th February. You may be able to start after the course has started if there are places.

Thursdays: Hillsborough Park 10am-12.30pm sessions continue every week. High Green 11.30-12.30pm.

Saturdays: Hunters Bar, Endcliffe Park 10am-12:30pm. Next six week courses start on 18th February.  You may be able to start after the courses has started if there are places.

Road cycling courses for winter/spring 2017

Whether you want to travel to the shop on a quiet backstreet or make a long commute along busy roads and junctions, there are straightforward techniques you can employ to minimise the risks when cycling.

Road Confidence 1 and 2 are introductory courses to cycling on quiet roads covering basic concepts such as road positioning, overtaking parked cars and negotiating junctions. Each course is two weeks and runs as a weekly three hour session.

Road Confidence 3 is an advanced course for urban cyclists, based in the city centre. It covers many aspects of interacting with traffic on busy roads and junctions, running as a weekly four hour session over two weeks. (It is recommended that you attend RC1 and RC2 first or discuss your cycle experience with the Pedal Ready office first).

Road cyclists who have already reached  Level 3 cycling, may also book a bespoke one-to-one session which will be tailored to their current level of expertise. The session lasts up to two hours, and takes place at a time and location of the trainee’s choosing (subject to trainer availability).

Road Confidence courses are free to those who live or work in Sheffield. Book now to join a course in your area!

Road Confidence courses in Sheffield

Book a course by contacting (0114) 2412775 or

Road Confidence 1

Mondays Darnall (Women only) – please phone for more info

Saturdays: Sharrow 10-1pm  Next two week course: 18th and 25th February 2017

Road Confidence 2

Saturdays: Sharrow  10-1pm

Next two week courses: 4th and 11th March 2017

Road Confidence 3

Saturdays: City Centre, 9.30 – 1pm,

Next two week course:  4th and 11th February and 25th March and 1st April 2017


Learn to Cycle in Doncaster and Rotherham


Learn to Ride and improvers sessions in Doncaster FREE and Bikes provided

Book an hour-long timeslot by contacting Pedal Ready on (0114) 2412775 or

Wednesdays: Sandall Park: 10am – 12pm

Woodfield Park: 1pm – 3pm

Saturdays: Sandall Park: 10 am – 12pm

Woodfield Park: 1pm – 3pm

Sundays: Woodfield Park 11 am – 2 pm

Learn to ride, beginners and improvers welcome. Bikes provided

Learn to Ride and improvers sessions in Rotherham: Families welcome  – New sessions

You must book on by contacting Pedal Ready on (0114) 2412775 or

Thursday: New York Stadium: 9am – 1pm  Learn to ride, beginners and improvers. BIkes provided

Saturday: Clifton Park 10.30am – 1.30pm Learn to ride, beginners and improvers welcome. Need own bike. More sessions in Clifton Park with bikes provided will start soon. Contact the Pedal Ready office.

National Standard Instructor training courses in 2017 through Pedal Ready Instructor Training Organisation (ITO)

Whether you’d like to make delivering Bikeability your full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step to getting involved with delivering Bikeability.

Our qualified trainers will guide you through the four day National Standard Instructor course, which allows you to become a provisionally qualified instructor who can deliver Bikeability.

To become a fully qualified instructor, you are expected to gain experience of delivering Bikeability so that you can demonstrate competent delivery at a Post-Course Assessment, which should be done within six months of completing the original course.

The four day National Standard Instructor training course can be booked at a cost of £400. Post-Course Assessments cost £150 plus travel costs.

National Standard Instructor training courses in 2017

Book a course by contacting Ken on (0114) 2412775 or

Next course: Monday 6th  – Thursday 9th March 2017

Organisations and large groups are invited to contact us regarding bespoke courses. which may be delivered at a venue of your choosing.

Bikeability training for schoolchildren

Pedal Ready can deliver cycle training to Y5 and Y6 children at schools. Qualified trainers deliver Bikeability levels 1 & 2 on the playground and on quiet roads close to the school.

Children who complete the course will be able to apply the techniques they have learned to make their cycling safer.

Anyone interested in booking a course at their school or parents with queries about the course should contact (0114) 2412775 or

“Brush up your cycling skills”, says local MP

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, took part in a city centre cycling skills session last week led by Pedal Ready instructor Ken Woodhouse.

Paul Blomfield said:
“I’ve been a cyclist all of my life, but I learned a lot in the Pedal Ready session about how to ride in traffic in the city. Doing the cycling skills session has made me recognise the risks I was taking by getting things like my positioning on the road wrong. It will definitely make my cycling safer.

“As a car driver you’re not able to drive on the roads without training, but training for cyclists hasn’t always been available. I’d say to people thinking about cycling to work, school or university that it’s worth learning about cycling skills, and not assuming you know how to negotiate urban traffic. With a basic level of training and better road awareness and understanding there’s really nothing to worry about.”

Pedal Ready’s sessions are available free to everyone in Sheffield, and offer help and advice to cyclists at every level from beginner to regular commuter.

Paul Blomfield is one of over a hundred MPs of all parties calling for a government action plan on increasing cycling, which encourages measures to include training.