Essential Cycling Skills (ECS)


ECS is a practical course for anyone who wants to develop their confidence on a bicycle.

This course can be tailored to your needs. There are four distinct modules, depending on your experience:

1. Absolute beginners

This session is for people who have always wanted to cycle, but never had the chance. Our instructors will help you develop balance on two wheels before introducing pedalling. The module lasts roughly 1 hour.

2. Introduction to on-road

This session is for anyone who enjoys cycling on paths but is nervous about going on road. Our instructors will introduce you to on-road cycling in a range of quiet locations and simple road layouts. The module lasts roughly 2.5 hours.

3. Advanced on-road

This session is for people preparing to ride on busier roads. Our instructors will cover more complex junctions, route planning, and provide tips on roadside repairs. This module lasts roughly 2.5 hours.

4. Family

This session is for families who wish to cycle together with more confidence – it is designed to provide parents/guardians with the skills and confidence to cycle together safely as a group and the whole family is encouraged to attend. The module lasts 2.5 hours and is tailored to meet the needs of the family.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need any specific skills other than the desire to be more confident on your bike.

How long does it take?

This is usually a 2-3 hour session.

What will I need?

You will need access to a bike in working order and clothes appropriate for the weather. Some centres may be able to provide a bike for you – please contact them to find out.

What will it cost?

Please contact your local training provider for more information.

What's next?

Once you have completed Essential Cycling Skills you should have improved confidence to make everyday trips by bike. You may be inspired to complete some of our other training courses to develop as a leader or instructor.

Get started

Please email us at to find out where your nearest ECS provider is, or if you have any questions.

Or, contact your local centre regarding ECS training