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Cycle Training

Cycling is taught to the National Standards for Cycle Training – otherwise known as “Bikeability”.  This is now the standard that replaces what some may fondly remember as “Cycling Proficiency”.

Schools in Bolton provide training for children, and parents can speak with their school to find out more details.

FREE Adult (16+) cycle training is available from TfGM for people who live or work in Greater Manchester:

  • If you’ve never learnt to ride, or you haven’t ridden for some time, the Learn to Ride training will get you going on your bike with basic skills and simple checks to make sure your bicycle is safe. Tuition is in a group of similar ability with a qualified instructor.
  • If you want to build up your skills and confidence to ride on the road, with 1-to-1 instruction from a qualified instructor, the On the Road training is what you need. This is arranged with a time and start point to suit you.  See the TfGM link below for more details.
  • Keeping your bicycle running is covered by the free, hands-on, Cycle Maintenance starter course.

Some of the group courses are held in Bolton. There is an evening Bicycle Maintenance session on 19th March:  5.30pm-7.30pm at Bolton Alternative Transport.  Booking essential.  For details of all free ride and maintenance training and to book, go to TfGM training and follow the links.

General information

TfGM provides information for cyclists and those thinking of cycling on how to get started, what facilities there are, tips on equipment, commuting, and more.  Go to the TfGM cycling pages and have a look round.

Wheels for All

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

Sessions are £2 per person.  Siblings, parents and carers are welcome to join in.  Sessions are 'drop in', but large groups ar eadvised to book ahead.  BIkes and helmets are provided.  Suitable clothing is advised.  Sessions are subject to weather and may be cancelled if necessary; please call to check.

Sessions are now available at:

  • Leverhulme Park Community Club, Long Ln, Bolton
    Weds, 6pm-7pm; Thurs, 10am-12noon
  • Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich
    Thurs, 10am-11am & 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Castle Hill Centre, Castleton St, Bolton
    Mon, 4pm-5pm (4-10 years)

Please see the attached document ("Wheels for All") via the Downloads tab above.  For more information, contact Jamie Agar on 01204 33 2323 (mobile: 07554 117 260) or at

British Cycling ‘Sky Rides’

Bolton Council and British Cycling have been working together for the past two years to encourage people to get cycling.  Each summer there has been a big Sky Ride:  a route through Victoria Square and Queen’s Park has attracted thousands to take to closed-off streets around the town centre and enjoy the freedom of cycling without cars.

British Cycling also organises ‘Sky Ride Local’, where people of all abilities can take part in rides led by qualified ride leaders.  Rides are grouped by ability:

  • Easygoing’ – Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes
  • Steady’ – If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
  • Challenging’ – You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging rides. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few climbs along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.

‘Breeze’ Rides are like Local rides, but aimed at helping women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride.  Led by and for women, they are fun, sociable rides at a suitable speed for everybody.

As well as the organised rides, the Sky Ride web site also has a social cycling network for ‘Buddy’ bike rides – informal rides outside the main timetable of led rides.

Go to Go Sky Ride to find out more and to book onto a local ride.

British Cycling Ride Leader training

If you enjoy cycling for fun and would like to see other people joining in, British Cycling would like to hear from you.  A series of one-day, assessed Ride Leader training includes a session in Bolton on 26th April. Places on the course are limited.  You can find out more and express your interest by going to the Go Sky Ride Ride Leader training page.

Cycle Sportive

September 2013 saw the inaugural Bolton Bash Cycle Sportive, organised for Bolton by Epic Events.  The event offered challenging 35 mile and 60 mile options.  We are looking forward to repeating the event in September 2014.

Cycle routes and lanes

Cycling is a low cost form of transport that offers a healthy, congestion-free and non-polluting way to travel around the borough and beyond. The Council supports this mode of transport by providing cycle routes. The facilities on these routes can include simple signing, cycle lanes marked on the road, cycle tracks segregated from the footway or footways which are shared by both pedestrians and cyclists.

Any requests for new cycle routes will be considered in the context of the Council's transport strategy and available resources. To suggest a new cycle lane / route please contact the Network Planning Team.

Bolton Cycle maps

A free map of Bolton’s cycle network is available from Transport for Greater Manchester's website

The website provides detailed information about cycling in the Greater Manchester area. In addition to Bolton, there are online maps of cycle routes throughout the 10 boroughs of the county, order forms for printed maps, downloadable magazines, leaflets and much more info. 

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