Cycle training, security and safety

Cycle skills in Brent

Whether you're a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, we provide free, tailored courses to suit your individual abilities and goals.

Basic cycle skills

Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you. You’ll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. In a session you’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate around your local area.

Urban cycle skills

Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a free session tailored to you. You’ll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your qualified instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle more confidently.

Advanced cycle skills

Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively. Sessions are tailored to your needs and fully funded by TfL.

Family cycle skills

Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for, Bikeability skills taught in schools.

To book a lesson call 0845 6520421 or email info@cyclinginstructor.com with your name and phone number. Someone will then contact you to arrange a time. For more information visit www.cyclinginstructor.com

Cycling safety tips

Be visible to other road users and pedestrians

Wear bright, fluorescent (during the day) or reflective (at night) clothing and always use lights after dark, in the rain or if the weather is overcast.

Don’t ride in the gutter

Give yourself space on the left and don’t feel you have to hug the kerb if a car behind you gets impatient.

Ride decisively

Don’t weave between lanes or change direction suddenly without signalling.

Protect yourself

A cycle helmet is recommended for safe cycling; however, it must fit the cyclist’s head, be worn and adjusted correctly and replaced after any impact.

Show drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time

Always look and signal before you start, stop and turn.

Make eye contact with drivers

Let them know you’ve seen them.

Use cycle facilities wherever possible

These include cycle lanes and paths and advanced stop areas for cycles at traffic lights.

Bike security

The local police offer free bike marking and registration.  Marking your bike with a unique code ensures that the police will be able to trace your bike back to you if it is stolen and recovered.

Call 101 to find our where your nearest event is planned.

Top tips for bike security

  • Always lock your bike, even if you leave it for just a few minutes. Lock it in a well-lit area covered by CCTV where it can be seen by passers-by
  • Lock both wheels and the frame of your bike to a cycle stand or other immoveable object
  • Make sure the locks go through the bike frame as well as both wheels and the post you are securing it to, otherwise, a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind
  • Cycles should be secured using a good quality D lock preferably Silver or Gold rating on the sold secure scheme
  • Keep a record of the frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it is stolen
  • Take a photo of the bike and write a description of it, so you can describe it accurately if it is stolen
  • Get your bike marked with a unique code by the police through the Bike Register Scheme 
  • You can also register your bike and other valuables online
  • If your bike is expensive, insure it.

The local police offer free bike marking and registration.  Marking your bike with a unique code ensures that the police will be able to trace your bike back to you if it is stolen and recovered.

Look out for information on upcoming bike marking events in your area on the Brent Cycling pages or find out where your nearest cycling event is planned.

Bike theft

In the event that your bike is stolen the quickest and easiest way to report a crime is online.

Alternatively you can call 101  where you are able to make a report over the phone  The incident  is  reported to the telephone investigation team who   usually call back  within 48 hours  and take a report.

You can also visit any open police station, in Brent Wembley  is open 24/7   or  simply ask  any police officer in the street to  record  a crime report.

Residents can also use twitter @MetCC to report a crime/incident.

View more information on theft of a bicycle

 In an emergency, where a crime is actually happening  or if a person is in danger, always call 999