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Cycling in the borough

By choosing to cycle some of your local journeys to school, work, or the shops, you can easily integrate gentle exercise into your daily routine.

Research shows adults who cycle regularly have fitness levels of someone up to 10 years younger and that regular exercise can help prevent serious illness.

In addition to boosting your physical fitness, cycling can also be great for your mental health.


Getting started

Getting started

All you need to get started is a basic bike with the right size frame, which is set up to be comfortable and efficient for you, and a good quality, ‘Sold Secure’ lock to deter theft.

With the right approach, you can easily cycle in all weathers.


Cycle training

Cycle training

Whether you are new to cycling, or just want to brush up on your skills to feel more confident riding on the road, the council offers free cycling training to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.

You can receive one-to-one training from a qualified instructor in:

  • basic cycle skills: Practice off-road and learn the basics. Improve your skills to cycle confidently through your local area.
  • urban cycle skills: Practice off-road and then move on to quiet roads to refresh your cycling technique.
  • advanced cycle skills: Learn how to improve your cycle skills at complex junctions, in heavy traffic or at night.

Sessions are held from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesdays and 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Fridays at Jim Peters Stadium.

Why not arrange your first session for free today?

Contact Vandome Cycles by email: info@vandomecycles.co.uk or call 020 8220 3075.

TfL online cycle training course

Try out TfL’s online cycle training course to improve your basic skills to feel more confident.

You’ll learn:

  • tips to get you and your cycle prepared for the road
  • how to start cycling on the road safely and responsibly
  • tips to brush up on your cycling skills
  • how to cycle in a group with children

Watch a teaser video of the course.

Once you complete the four short modules, you’ll receive a voucher code for free 24-hour access to the Santander Cycles scheme.


Cycling clubs

Cycling clubs

A number of cycling clubs are based in the borough:


Accessible cycling

Accessible cycling

Ability is not a barrier to cycling. Cycle 4 All is the borough’s inclusive cycling club.

You can try out adapted cycles for free on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm at Jim Peters Stadium.

To join the club, contact Trailnet by email: office@trailnet.org.uk or call 01277 811012.


Cycle maintenance

Cycle maintenance

The M check is a simple way to make sure your bike is safe to ride. Keeping your bike clean and chain oiled will help prevent wear and damage to the moving components of your bike. You’ll also notice how much quicker and smoother your bike feels to ride. With a little bit of practise, basic maintenance, such as repairing a puncture also becomes straightforward.

If your bike needs to be repaired, why not take it to the Barking Riverside Bike Hub, or to Becontree Cycle Centre, where a mechanic will be able to complete the work for you, or you’ll be able to take part in a cycle maintenance session to learn how to repair it yourself.

Both centres also sell high quality second hand bikes, with the Becontree Cycle Centre providing discounts to those who face barriers to otherwise affording to buy a bike.


Cycle routes 

Cycle routes

Riding a bike is a perfect way to explore green spaces in the borough, such as Barking Park, Central Park and Mayesbrook Park, or to ride from the borough into central London on the CS 3 route, or out towards the Essex countryside from Barking and through Dagenham on National Route 13.

Plan a route that follows local cycle paths and quieter streets using CycleStreets.

Cycling to work

Why not plan how to start cycling to work? You could start by doing so once a week and then gradually increase the frequency.

Led leisure rides

Accompanied bike rides to build confidence and fitness.

Vandome Cycles and British Cycling offer local led leisure rides for individuals and groups.