Brighton & Hove City Council is encouraging residents to take part in cycle training and maintenance courses which cost between £10 and £20.
The courses are being subsidised by the council as a result of funding from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for Sustainable Travel.
Brighton Council hopes by providing these subsidised courses, more people will choose cycling as a preferred mode of transport for local journeys.
The City Cycling Skills courses are suitable for those wanting to learn to ride, or to get back cycling after a long break – as well as experienced cyclists.
The courses are taught according to the UK’s national standard for cycling training, with each session having two instructors for six people.
A local paper describes the courses as ideal for people considering getting back on their bike recently, but ‘feeling nervous negotiating the busy roads’.
There are also two levels of the cycle maintenance course. The beginners’ course teaches participants how to maintain and look after their bicycle throughout the year.
The more advanced course introduces participants to specific tools and lubricants, and covers how to change a brake cable, splitting and re-joining a chain and a range of other maintenance skills.