Bristol Family Cycling Centre

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The Bristol Family Cycling Centre at Hengrove gives 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.

Many of our sessions are drop in – no need to book! (Check our timetable below for details)

Activities include:

  • Bikeability training – from balance bikes to adult cycle training
  • Family cycling activities
  • Bike maintenance sessions for adults
  • Free after-school drop in bike maintenance sessions for under 18s (starting again at Easter)
  • Back to biking sessions for adults to regain their cycling confidence

 

More info:

  • Facebook – keep up to date with news about activities at the Cycling Centre by liking our Facebook page and signing up to receive our newsletter.
  • If you have your own bike – please bring it to the Centre if you can.
  • Borrow a bike – we have many 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.

Timetable  (click timetable to enlarge)

(Please note the Cycling Centre will be closed on Monday February 20)

February half term timetable


Session types

Inclusive Open Sessions

Inclusive Bikeability open sessions for all ages and abilities. We have specialist inclusive bikes available for those who need them including trikes, double bikes, hand cycles and a wheelchair-accessible platform bike as well as a range of two-wheeled adult and children’s bikes (subject to availability). Support and coaching from friendly, experienced Bikeability Instructors. Run in partnership with Wheels for All – part of the national Cycling Projects programme.

  • Drop in sessions, no need to book
  • £5 per adult rider
  • £3 per child rider
  • Carer of disabled riders free

Bikeability Balance and Learn to Ride

Family sessions helping children of all ages learn how to ride without stabilisers. Parents will get advice on how to support their children as they learn to ride on two wheels. Please bring your child’s own bike if you can or use one of our balance bikes or two-wheelers (subject to size and availability).

  • Drop in, no need to book
  • £5 for one child and one adult. Additional children £3, additional adults £2. The price entitles adults and children to use the Centre’s bikes (subject to size and availability).

 

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 bike if you can or use one of our two-wheelers (subject to availability). Children should be able to ride without stabilisers.

  • Drop in, no need to book
  • £3 per child

Back to Biking

Not ridden for a while or need to boost your cycling confidence? Come to 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, no need to book
  • £5 per adult rider

 

Bikeability Bike Fix (running February 16th 2-4pm)

This session is run by the Bristol Bike Project. Its staff and volunteers will help children to fix their own bikes and offer tips on how to maintain them. It is a free, drop in session but there may be a small charge for spare parts.

The Social Cycle

This is a session run by the Bristol Bike Project for socially isolated adults or for students experiencing difficulties at school to learn or develop bike maintenance skills in a supportive, small group environment. For an informal chat to find out more, please contact cyclingcentre@bristol.gov.uk.

Bike exchange and sales

The Cycling Centre also hosts 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. Check our Facebook page or email us at cyclingcentre@bristol.gov.uk for up-to-date session times. Do let us know if you are looking for a particular size/type of bike.


The Saturday Cycle (Saturday afternoons 1.30-3.30)

We have different sessions that rotate throughout the month during our winter opening hours.

Bikeability Bike Club (February 11, March 11 and April 8 1.30-3.30, plus various half-term dates)

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 bike if you can or use one of our two-wheelers (subject to availability). Children should be able to ride without stabilisers.

  • Drop in, no need to book
  • £3 per child.

 

Bikeability Level 1 (February 4, March 4 and April 1 1.30-3.30, plus half-term dates)

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


Inclusive Family cycling (February 18 and March 18 1.30-3.30)

Drop in Inclusive Family Cycling session for people with disabilities with their families and friends. £5 adults. £3 child. Run in partnership with Wheels for All – part of the national Cycling Projects programme.

  • Drop in, no need to book
  • £3 per child, £5 per adult rider, carer free

 

Open session (January 28, February 25 and March 25 1.30-3.30 plus various half-term dates)

Inclusive Bikeability open sessions for all ages and abilities. We have specialist inclusive bikes available for those who need them including trikes, double bikes, hand cycles and a wheelchair-accessible platform bike. We also have a range of two-wheeled adult and children’s bikes to use (subject to availability). Support and coaching from friendly, experienced Bikeability Instructors. Run in partnership with Wheels for All – part of the national Cycling Projects programme.

  • Drop in, no need to book
  • £5 per adult rider
  • £3 per child rider
  • Carer of disabled riders free

 

Children’s Cycle Sport Coaching

We are excited to be working with British Cycling-qualified cycling coach Heidi Blunden to offer a course of six coached development sessions for riders aged 8-12 at the Centre. The sessions will run on six Saturday mornings between 10am and 11am on the following dates: February 11, 18 and 25 and March 4, 11 and 18. The cost of all six sessions is £18, payable at the start of the first session. For more information and to reserve a place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

*****If these sessions are full up, please join the waiting list on Eventbrite and join our mailing list to hear about future courses******

Group bookings and use of the track

We are happy to arrange cycle training and cycling activities for groups of all ages: from Cubs and Brownies to the over-60s. Call or email for an informal chat about what we can offer.

Are you a running club or individual runner interested in using the athletics track at the Cycling Centre? Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

For more information

E: cyclingcentre@bristol.gov.uk
T: 01275 832800 (Cycling Centre) or 0117 357 6254 (Bristol City Council City Hall, Monday-Thursday office hours)

Please note that we can only take cash payments at the present.


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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.

Location

The Bristol Family Cycling Centre, Old Whitchurch Athletics Track, Entrance via the car park adjacent to Action Indoor Sports. Bamfield, BRISTOL, BS14 0FE (For SatNav use BS14 0XA)