Bristol Family Cycling Centre


The Bristol Family Cycling Centre at Hengrove is a new purpose-built facility for the West of England, giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to ride a bike and practice their skills on a safe, traffic-free cycle track

Cycle training activities and sessions run most days and are a great way to get people cycling in a fun and friendly atmosphere with Bikeability-trained cycle trainers.

Activities include:

  • Bikeability training – from balance bikes for young children, right up to adult cycle training
  • Family cycling activities
  • Regular bike sales and children’s bike exchange
  • Bike maintenance sessions for adults
  • After-school bike maintenance sessions for under 18s
  • Back to biking sessions for adults to regain their cycling confidence
  • Regular open sessions available – just turn up on the day! (see our timetable below)


If you have your own bike please bring it to the Centre if you can. We have bikes to use and can usually accommodate you if you don’t have your own, but at busy times (particularly Saturdays) you may need to take turns on the Centre’s bikes. Thanks

Session types

Inclusive Bikeability Open Sessions

Inclusive open sessions for all ages and abilities. We have specialist inclusive bikes including trikes, double bikes, hand cycles and a wheelchair-accessible platform bike as well as a range of two-wheeled bikes. Bring your own bikes or use one of our balance bikes or two-wheelers (subject to availability). Support and coaching from friendly, experienced Bikeability Instructors.

  • Drop in sessions
  • £5 per adult rider
  • £3 per child rider, carers free

Bikeability Balance and Learn to Ride

Family sessions teaching children of all ages how to ride without stabilisers. Parents will learn how to support their children as they learn to ride on two wheels. Bring your own bikes or use one of our balance bikes or two-wheelers (subject to availability).

  • Drop in
  • £3 per child, parents free 

Bikeability Bike Club

A fun session giving children of all ages the opportunity to ride in a traffic-free environment and take part in a range of cycling games and activities. Bring your own bikes or use one of our balance bikes or two-wheelers (subject to availability).

  • Drop in
  • £3 per child, parents free.

Bikeability Fix

Learn basic bike checking, adjustments and fixes with Bristol Bike Project. For ages 8-18. Bring your own bikes and learn how to fix them.

  • Drop in sessions
  • Free

Back to Biking/the Ape Project

Not ridden for a while or need to boost your cycling confidence? Come on our back-to-biking session to regain your cycling mojo. Use our range of stable, easy to ride bikes and trikes in a traffic-free environment. Progress at your own pace, improve fitness and mobility, have fun and meet other people.

  • Drop in
  • £5 per adult rider
  • The Ape project will be at the site with free, Halloween-themed bike decorating fun on October 28 from 1pm to 3pm to entertain children if adults want to ride.

Bikeability Level 1

A fun course for children aged 7-10 who can already ride without stabilisers to develop basic cycle control skills.

  • £5 per child (includes Bikeability award materials)
  • Booking essential (contact or call 0117 9224383)

Bike exchange and sales

A bike recycling scheme run by the APE Project. People can exchange their children’s outgrown bikes for £5 or buy a second-hand one. Prices start at £10.

Upcoming sessions – Autumn 2016


For bookings or More info

T: Emma Downey / Janine McCretton 0117 922 4383

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About us

The Bristol Family Cycling Centre at Hengrove has a large athletics track and other traffic-free paths and training areas for a wide range of cycling activities.

The project is run for people of all ages – children and adults.

  • The sessions are great fun, as well as being mentally and physically stimulating
  • The benefits are huge – increased confidence and fitness; the opportunity to socialise and share an interest with others; a greater sense of well-being
  • The cycling sessions are run by qualified Bikeability instructors
  • We’ve got a new Facebook page so feel free to check out what others have said and post your own photos!

The right bike is waiting for you

Users of the Bristol Family Cycling Centre can bring their own bike or try one of ours (subject to sizing and availability). We have a wide range of bikes at the Centre, including:

  • Standard two-wheeled bikes for children and adults
  • Children’s balance bikes
  • A Platform bike – for wheelchair users
  • A Wheelchair bike – a regular bike with a wheelchair attached
  • Side-by-side tandem bikes for two – for those with visual impairment or not confident with steering and braking
  • A double-hand cycle for two and single-hand cycles – for those who have difficulty using pedals
  • A Quad cycle – a fixed pedal, low speed very stable bike
  • Recumbent tricycles – more stable than regular trikes, with added back support
  • Tricycles – large, medium and small 3-wheelers
  • Tiny trikes – suitable for younger children, one with back support
  • Tagalong trikes – for children to be attached to an adult bike in front
  • Many more! If in doubt, contact us.

Open sessions – All Abilities

When:      Every Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 1pm / Wednesday 1pm – 3pm / Saturday 10am – 1pm

Cost:         Adults £5 per person / Child £3 per person / Child (0-2) FREE / Accompanying Carers FREE. Discounted Membership – coming soon (Ask at Family Cycling Centre for more info)

Where:     The Bristol Family Cycling Centre, Old Whitchurch Athletics Track, Entrance via the car park adjacent to Action Indoor Sports. Bamfield, BRISTOL, BS14 0FE

Contact:   For more information – call 0117 922 4383

Run in partnership with Wheels for All – part of the national Cycling Projects programme.