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.
With the right approach, you can easily cycle in all weathers.
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?
TfL online cycle training course
Try out TfL’s online cycle training course to improve your basic skills to feel more confident.
- 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.
A number of cycling clubs are based in the borough:
- Barking & Dagenham Cycling Club - youth road racing and BMX club
- Becontree Wheelers Cycling Club - road cycling club
- Thames Ward Women’s Cycling Club - aimed at women new to cycling, or looking to improve their skills, with cycles and helmets available for participants
- Barking and Dagenham LCC - the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01277 811012.
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.
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.