Essential Cycling Skills (ECS)


22nd March 2021

Cycling Scotland is excited to announce that we are now promoting our Family Essential Cycling Skills courses.Cycling Scotland is excited to announce that we are now promoting our Family Essential Cycling Skills courses with 250 free family sessions available until end of June.

Make the most of a summer in Scotland this year. Experience the freedom, fun and adventure cycling as a family.

We have a network of instructors across the country ready to provide tuition and support for families looking to sharpen their cycling skills. Just fill in your details* here and one of our ECS Family Instructors will be in touch with you to organise your session.

We expect demand for this to be high so book your place before they all go!

* Your contact details will only be shared with our trusted, accredited local instructors for the purpose of booking the session. These details will not be used for any other purpose.

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 one 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 two hours.

3. Everyday commuter

This session is for people preparing to commute by bike. Our instructors will cover more complex junctions, route planning, and provide tips on roadside repairs. The module lasts roughly two 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.



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