Essential Cycling Skills (ECS)


ECS is a practical course for those who want to develop their confidence on a bike. We currently offer the standard course for individuals and a new course for families.

Family sessions

We are working with instructors across Scotland to pilot a new Essential Cycling Skills course for families who want to cycle confidently on road and path networks in their local area. The 2.5hr sessions are delivered by our experienced instructors who can tailor the course contents to the specific needs of your family. These practical courses build on the information in our On-road family cycling guidance.

If you would like to find out more about a session, please register your interest as we are currently running a limited number of free sessions.


Standard sessions for individuals

Our standard ECS course is for individuals who can ride a bike but are looking to develop confidence, especially on the road. We run the course across Scotland throughout the year.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need any specific skills other than the desire to be more confident on your bike. The course provides you with the necessary skills to negotiate on road journeys. The course covers the following: bike handling, cycling with confidence on the road and roadside repairs.

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.

What will it cost?

The course costs £20 per person. 

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

Find your local service centre on the map below and contact them to arrange your course:


Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.